latter-day of the dead
I was actually lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book in a giveaway last year. I was so excited to receive it, and the pages did not disappoint. This book constantly left me on the edge. I kept wondering what was going to happen next, and I had to force myself to stay away from the last page. (Sometimes, I peek.)
Initially, the characters seemed rather strange, yet as a reader, I wanted to know more about them. Each character was distinct, and a little weird, but all of them seem to fit together as a community. We receive just enough carefully laid background and general information about the them to enable us to sail through the story with a unique understanding of their lives.
Latter-day of the Dead is told in the narrative by Brother Elias, the compound’s doctor, who is the only character who has lived away from the compound while pursuing his education. Didn’t I mention the setting is in a compound? A polygamist compound? Elias is pretty sure about the direction of his life, but because of the “Prophet” and recent events, he even begins to question that.
Weirdness is on the up-rise in this community as strange things begin to happen to the residents. We are taken through these events feeling as if we are truly there, and that is a testament to Kevin’s imagination.
Religious beliefs (no matter how warped), “the last days”, gore, and general creepiness are ever-present throughout this story. Still, my only disappointment was knowing I’d have to wait for the second installment.
Rating: 4/5 paperclips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars