Children of Nod – James K. Pratt
I remember a children’s story from my childhood about the land of Nod and the dreamlike atmosphere that has always surrounded the name. Children of Nod definitely has dream like qualities, but I can’t say it resembles anything like the children’s stories I vaguely remember floating in my head. It lives more on the dark-side of what we imagine Nod is.
Pratt is proving to be a highly imaginative author, expelling a tale that is unique and original. I certainly have never read anything like his version of the Nod children. In no way was this a predictable story, in fact I had no idea where it was going or what the end results would be.
The main character Russell I felt was plain enough that he could have resembled anyone of us. He felt like a Charlie Brown kind of character. Resembling the everyday person. He was neither terribly brave, nor very motivated to be a hero. His desires were simply to return home, a desire most of us would choose over the new life he was being shown. His reflections on his own shortcomings were realistic assessments of himself and ourselves. I found myself appreciating the ordinary character-type. It felt real.
The elements of the story that I felt could have used more work lay mainly in the transitions from one character to another. I felt a little jerked around from one scene to the next. And there were sections that I felt could have used some clarity especially regarding a certain time-period called The Bend.
In the end, I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to know more. I felt this story could have gone on for another 100 pages, delving into the demons side and learning more about the individual characters. Pratt is a teaser, he gives his readers a taste and then leaves them wanting more.
Synopsis: A violent encounter with a stranger changes Russell Quinn’s life forever. Now the thoughts of normal people barrage his mind, making a return home impossible. Soon Russell meets someone like him and he learns three simple rules. #1 Avoid all populated areas. #2 Anything that appears human and claims it is or was human, but can’t be, is evil. #3 This one above all must be obeyed. If you kill someone—or if someone is dying, even if he or she was a friend, run.
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*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.