3 out of 4 stars
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Welcome to the party, ladies and gentlemen! We can guarantee you a memorable evening, the likes of which you have never experienced. Allow me to introduce our distinguished guests. This gorgeous and arrogant woman here is Ms. Rebecca Aseptue, a strict and unfairly demanding boss. Next is Mr. Alfred Dietz, a war veteran who mindlessly slaughtered a number of innocent people. The man next to him is Gary Haits, who likes to be in control by brutally torturing prostitutes. Standing beside him is Mr. Mike Nospetue, the most unscrupulous person you will ever have the misfortune to meet. Meet Johnny Fiendin, a video game junkie who feels alive only in a virtual world. Next in the queue is Ms. Teresa Egrette, who fell prey to her own distorted mind and ended up killing an innocent family.
All of our guests were featured as the protagonists in You, The People by Pablo Digenio. This is a unique collection of six short stories, each depicting one of our honored guests achieving redemption. The word 'redemption' probably makes you think of fascinating stories of hope, new sunrises, and profound changes. Be warned, reader, their tales are not at all rosy.
The stories introduce our guests at their worst. Their addiction to various vices makes them completely oblivious to the detrimental effects on other people. They are the embodiment of negativity, filled with every reckless folly imaginable. What awaits each of them may be utterly horrific or not, depending on their choices. However, no matter what, they will inevitably be drawn towards their destiny.
Although maintaining a distinguishable fable-like tone, these are not your average childhood fables. Instead, these are the darker, unedited versions. Judging by the page count, this unusual collection is a comparatively short read. However, the contents are quite unpleasant to read and even harder to digest. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Each story has its own cover page with an illustration of the protagonist. The colors employed are black and white, accompanied by a more vibrant shade. They convey a distinctly ominous sense of foreboding for the stories to come. Additionally, I liked how the sinister tales are recounted using a matter-of-fact tone, often with a head-turning twist in the end.
Consisting of only a few errors, the book seems well-edited. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars, deducting one star for the excessive blood and gore. I would suggest this book exclusively to the adult audience, especially those who are unbothered by the darker side of human nature. The more squeamish readers might want to stay away.
Thank you for attending the party. Please be warned that you might come across any of these dreadful persons at any moment. In fact, you might encounter one after stepping in front of a mirror. I hope you are sensible enough to rectify your faults before being hurled into the same downward spiral as our protagonists. First and foremost, this book serves as a mirror to reflect our inner monsters and shows us the grisly consequences of letting those monsters loose.
You, The People
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