*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: If you were to find yourself at the edge of a dying world with a lingering sense of reality, would you simply fade into the nothingness or would you fight for everything you hold dear? This assertive question is at the heart of the thought-provoking book Ubiety, for this abstract book was designed to help people emerge into reality and find the truth whilst questioning both what could and should be.
Join Adam in a whirlwind of past and present madness, diving into the many mysteries which will uncover bittersweet secrets to see if he can save his fate and somehow put the chaos set in his mind at rest. However, be aware, this will certainly not be an easy read but remember that some of the greatest fortunes lie on the darkest paths.
Two things up front for this review: 1. The author is in their teens, and while I wouldn’t generally consider age relevant in a book review, I do want to point out what an impressive achievement it is for such a young author to produce an adult-aimed book; 2. I have had this book on my review list since last year, and one of my notes when I read it was that it desperately needed editing. The notes on Amazon indicate that the book was professionally edited earlier this year, so I need to point out that my review is for the earlier, unedited edition. As such, I won’t go into any of the errors that have likely now been rectified.
Ubiety is an unusual and quite a difficult read. It follows main character, Adam Johnson as he begins by hanging himself, dreams, freezes to death, is burned to death by his own shadow, and on and on. Throughout Adam’s trials runs the loss of a child, and the style of the narrative reflects the deranged raging of a broken mind, destroyed by grief.
As such, there is no coherent plot thread, and not much characterisation. The book consists of a stream of metaphysical musings and jarring images, a surreal stream-of-consciousness nightmare. So, if you go into this expecting a character journey, or a story with a distinct beginning and end, then you will be surprised. However, as a series of short, unrelated vignettes, exploring ideas of philosophy, religion, psychology, fear and anger, this is an interesting read.
I finished the book with little idea as to what had happened or why, but with the lingering sense of big, dark ideas – like waking from a really intense dream that you can’t quite grasp with your waking mind. While I didn’t think the story I read quite worked for me, I was impressed with the author tackling such intense issues and creating such an individual style, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name crop up in the metaphysical fiction lists in the future.
We all dream even though we may not always remember it, we have always had them and for millenia’s we have tried to understand this and we continue to do so now, as even now with our modern theories and technology the truth continues to elude us, leading to a ceaseless attempt to chase after this charging answer in a wild goose chase but despite our cluelessness there is something that we do know, that being that these dreams that are older than man and perhaps even older than the stars always end, always.– Grzegorz Kunowski, Ubiety
Ubiety is available on Amazon right now.