What is Guilt?
Is it an enormous flying whale? Maybe an alien, come from deep space to punish us? Some call it an angel or a god, others a demon.
What nobody can deny is that it is the end.
These tales chronicle the story of the Earth in the centuries after the apocalypse: struggles for survival against twisted, horrific foes; small moments of kindness and warmth in the dark; life going on, even as the whole world changes.
These are the Chronicles from the World of Guilt.
In the dawn of the Age of the AI, Chris Durston hits us with a novel that could never be replicated by a computer and shows us the power of the written word. This is a novel that works best as a written story. It is a piece of art and incredibly unique.
When I went into this collection, I thought it was going an absurdist tale in line with Douglas Adams. What I got was a deep and beautiful piece of fiction that pushes the boundaries of what a novel can be capable of. There are layers I’m sure I have yet to peel back and this collection of stories feels like it would be even better on a re-read.
This is a book that is hard for me talk about without getting into spoilers but what I can say is that it’s a novel that has kept me thinking about it ever since I finished it and I have a feeling I will be thinking about it for a long long still. Bursting with imagination and bouncing between many genres, Chronicles from the World of Guilt really took me by surprise and I loved it. While some stories stood out more than others, there wasn’t a dud among the bunch.
If you’re in the mood for some mind-bending sci-fi/horror and/or are a fan of Chuck Palahniuk, this is the collection for you. It will keep you on your toes and challenge your imagination in the best way possible.
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