Fans of Dystopian Literature Will Love It
Easy Four out of Five Stars for pure entertainment!
When author Roland Hughes asked if I’d be interested in reviewing “John Smith” I had no idea what I was in for. The title was intriguing and the blurb hooked me even more, so I started reading. I only put it down once to scan through the pages to look at the story format and structure.
When reporter Susan Krowley is assigned to interview John Smith, one of the last known survivors of the Microsoft Wars, she discovered a history that could only have been told in the format Hughes selected to present in this imaginative and intriguing dystopian story. The entire novel is an interview between Krowley and Smith.
While Krowley wants to document a history of what happened during the rumored Microsoft Wars, Smith wants to impart an important idea and drives the point home with pages of historical back story that span centuries. His point is that if not known or understood, history will repeat itself, over and over.
This novel is not for everyone. Readers who absolutely cannot stand the “All Tell but No Show” style of prose, might want to steer clear. However, for those who can look beyond and into an alternate future based on some history and today’s reality, this story is guaranteed to grab you. You’ll want to hold on for the entire ride.