reWritten by J. Malan
reWritten by J. Malan
Against his better judgement and born of circumstances beyond his control, Professor van Elsburg is hired to lead a troupe of mercenaries deep into the unexplored wastelands that surround their world. Their objective: unravel the mystery surrounding an undocumented archaeological site, and to discover the fate of the last expedition that vanished whilst trying not to do the same.
Customer's Reviews for reWritten by J. Malan
was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
Malan has crafted a very interesting and very unique world in this novel. Where most anthropomorphic animal works take place in Europe or North America, Malan set his in Africa, which is very apparent with the animals he uses throughout the story and it creates a setting that contains a certain amount of mysticism because of it. Malan's experiences and knowledge of Africa shine through in this novel and it is a treat to read because it enriches the story and setting both.
The first thee quarters of the book are engaging and therea mystery I was drawn into. The protagonist was being pulled into something larger than they were, and things were evolving at a pace that kept me turning the pages. Malan crafted interesting characters with believable motives, and this helped keep the mystery and action flowing from one event to the next despite the protagonist being more of a reactive character than a proactive one. I wanted to know what happened in the wasteland. I wanted to find out what happened to the humans. I wanted to know the mystery behind the hyena. (and a lot more that Malan had set up)
But this is where we come to one of the faults in the story. When it comes time for the protagonist to learn what has happened, two things occur. The protagonist experiences a few visions, which kept the mystery and alien nature of things up. These also amplify the horror of things and sow confusion into the protagonist's belief system. But when the real answers start coming near the end of the book, the reader is forced to read an extremely long and tedious exposition dump when time was supposed to be of the essence. (including a lengthy tour no less) In fact, because of this, the reader misses out on a majority of events happening outside of the complex, events that would have been far more interesting than the lecture going on with the protagonist. Couple this with a very deus ex machina solution to a long awaited confrontation, and I ended up feeling disappointed.
Now one thing that got mentioned a lot with this novel is the horror factor. Malan did a good job with this. They handled the alien air of mankind and the nature of the anthropomorphic animals wonderfully. The existential nature of it all was beautiful, and I give them full props for it and the elements related to. There were a few times where body horror was employed to shock the reader, but all but one of those were very effectively done. One scene in particular that takes place in what I believe to be an old swimming pool was masterfully done, and Malan did a good job setting up the events that led up to it which only heightened the horror factor that the protagonist had to face.
In the end, this was an enjoyable novel. I loved the characters, enjoyed the setting, and relished the horror elements. I just wish the climax of the story hadn't been such a large exposition dump. Malan could have gotten away with leaving a lot of what was explained as a mystery, and finding a more streamline manner of explaining the crucial elements needed to explain what happened to the humans and the creation of the animal people.
But still, it's a good book and one I would recommend to any reader of anthropomorphic fiction. I hope Malan does more in this setting and look forward to reading them if he is.
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