Monday, July 25, 2022

The Big Dark Sky


The Big Dark Sky is an SF/horror thriller by Dean Koontz. Released 19th July 2022 by Thomas & Mercer, it's 390 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. Paperback format due out 1st quarter 2023. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. 

I've had varied experiences with Dean Koontz over the last several decades. This is a very *odd* book but universally well written and seriously engaging. There were hours during the read when I was so invested in what was happening that I was even unaware of the passage of time. The plot is quite convoluted and I found it very difficult to keep all the secondary characters straight. It's for that reason that I recommend the electronic format since it makes searches much easier. 

There are shades of Canterbury Tales here, with the characters' individual journeys to the meeting place intertwining along the way. There's an overarching plot which defies description and is more or less a world-threatening dark power ranged against the protagonist for the future of humanity (or annihilation). 

The denouement and resolution felt rushed to me. I had to go back and re-read it a couple of times and still wasn't 100% sure I understood. There are some foreshadowings hinting at another related book, which would be intriguing.

Four stars. This one, in my estimation, suffers from moderate book bloat in the middle. The intro and denouement are engaging and progress rapidly. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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