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Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2020
  • 9798605947820
  • 230 pages
  • $19.95
Subcutanean 30287
Insecure college senior Orion loves music, books, and his best friend Niko. When the two of them find a secret underground labyrinth, at first it seems like another secret to share, an adventure to maybe, at last, bring them closer together. But soon they realize Downstairs is a snarled tangle of possibilities and parallel realities. Something down there multiplies everything: architecture, emotions, even people. Together they must navigate a dangerous labyrinth that peels back their friendship to raw and angry roots, filled with two-faced doppelgangers, treacherous architecture, and buried secrets. Most dangerous of all is Orion's consuming obsession: somewhere down there, is there a Niko who loves him back?

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot:  Full of mystery and mind-bending intrigue, with a dash of unrequited romance, this novel entertains from start to finish. Utilizing a unique permutational approach, the book flows nicely and the modular mechanics underneath the surface are seamless. The work pairs nicely parallels the disorientation of the mysterious underground labyrinth with the apprehension of navigating romantic feelings amidst an established friendship.

Prose/Style: On a sentence level, the writing is above average. The unique structure of the book is pulled off deftly. The dialogue feels natural, and lends well to the characterization.

Originality: The permutational structure of the book is new and exciting. That aside, the plot and setting are fresh and quickly draw readers in.

Character Development: The book is centered around two characters, both thoughtfully rendered. As the twisting plot introduces doppelgängers, the characterization between them becomes increasingly compelling as their relationship becomes fraught in their fight for survival. Ultimately, the bond between these two serves as a poignant backbone for the story.

Date Submitted: April 03, 2020

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2020
  • 9798605947820
  • 230 pages
  • $19.95

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