Friday, June 22, 2012

The Faustian Host by Dave Becker Book Review

Title- The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs)
Author- Dave Becker
Source- Ebook sent from author
Pages- 221 pages
Publisher- self-published
Publication Date- March 15th 2012

Goodreads Summary-
Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who's to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino. After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.

Cover Thoughts-
At first I had no idea what the 7 rings meant or why there was rocks because I have never explored this aspect of the apocalypse. Since reading the book I get it now and it's awesome!

First Thought-
ooooooohhhhh. Apocalypse? :) and no zombies? Should be very interesting and new. 
What I liked-
The best part is when Tony has the whole school believing he is cursed. He is literally the only one that refuses to believe that something supernatural is at work in his town. Since he showed up things break, rocks bleed, hailstones rain, and locusts eat. Poor kid lost his family and his home as is forced to go to Massachusetts. He has to endure rejection and being an outcast at a really smart academy. He doesn't even think he is smart but he is. That is something I totally have in common with him. I don't know what to believe in and I can hardly believe in myself.  My favorite quote is "It doesn't matter. Unknown science might as well be magic, except that magic seems to make people give up. Science encourages us to find the answer." Also "Our name is Legion, for we are many." I seriously had no idea that was in the bible. I only remember it from Ghost Rider. I could tell this entire book had to have taken months of research. The details of everything came together nicely especially the scene where the kids go on their research trip. It had an ending nobody could have seen coming.  

What I disliked-
At times it was hard to keep up. If the book is made for teenagers they may have a hard time focusing or understanding completely the points that come across. I had to reread a few times because I wanted to understand everything. It was reasonably slow for me and I couldn't read a lot at one time until about 3/4ths of the way through it. Also a few times I felt blasted at with information. My brain was on overload processing it all and remembering. 

Overall Readability-
It's deffidently a book made for more mature young adults. It might be slow and overloading but its totally worth the read. You learn soooo much! After I was done reading I did some research of my own and now I wish I could read more about this different style of the apocalypse! 
My Final Thought-
"I'm afraid that will be quite impossible." I have no idea how they are going to get out of this one! What an ending!
4 out of 5 Haunted Roses

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