Official Review: Hibernation by SJ Epps

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Official Review: Hibernation by SJ Epps

Post by MarisaRose » 05 Jan 2017, 14:29

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hibernation" by SJ Epps.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Author SJ Epps focuses on controversial current events in the novel Hibernation. Winter Sams is a well-regarded pastor presiding over a large, conservative congregation in a world where LGBT citizens experience more civil rights than ever before. However, Winter Sams has a secret that has the potential to smear his reputation and destroy his relationships with his congregants. Looming in the background of Winter’s story is a court room drama connected to another pastor. Simon is accused of a hate crime for refusing to perform a marriage ceremony for a same sex couple despite a contractual agreement to do so.

The blurb for Hibernation makes the book seem more action packed than it really is. The narrative focuses on the inner workings of the minds of Winter and Simon. Winter has built his entire life around a lie and is now feeling the consequences both internally and externally as his emotional unraveling effects those close to him. Similarly, Simon is facing the possibility of prison life which would mean leaving behind his ailing wife and possibly the loss of his career. Although the characters were interesting and their plights made for a captivating story, the main message about LGBT rights seemed to fall by the wayside. At the conclusion, there was no feeling that the author had made a stance for or against the matter. In fact, the overall theme that “the world has flipped upside down (quoted from the book blurb)” seemed to be nonexistent. Other than the mention of some new legislation allowing for the expanded rights of the LGBT community and the mention of some overzealous rioters, this theme had no bearing on the overall plot. The main characters could be experiencing the same situations in our current society.

The characterization was the most enjoyable part of Hibernation. The author did a good job showing the inner conflict of the main characters. The narrative is told in the third person, often switching the point of view between Winter and Simon. There were well thought out secondary characters as well. For example, Winter’s wife, Tab, is a complex character also struggling with inner demons.

Other than the lack of a clear message, as promised by the book blurb, the court room drama was the least interesting aspect of the book. Though the verdict is supposed to be the climactic event of the story, it felt predictable and elementary.

Being only two hundred pages, Hibernation makes for a quick, easy read. The author’s writing style and character development was enjoyable, making me lean toward a higher rating. However, the disappointing lack of a true message in the novel caused me to give this novel a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The story is well written and the characters are three dimensional, all making this book still worthwhile. I recommend Hibernation to those interested in the subject of LGBT rights and stories of the same nature.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 20 Feb 2017, 09:50

Sounds like an intriguing book with interesting characters . However, I'm not much into LGBT stories. Good job on the review.

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Post by MarisaRose » 22 Feb 2017, 08:36

kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds like an intriguing book with interesting characters . However, I'm not much into LGBT stories. Good job on the review.
Thank you! There were many good aspects of this book :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Feb 2017, 08:40

This doesn't sound like a book I will read, but the review sounds interesting. I love a book with good characters. Thanks for the good review.
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Post by MarisaRose » 22 Feb 2017, 15:48

kandscreeley wrote:This doesn't sound like a book I will read, but the review sounds interesting. I love a book with good characters. Thanks for the good review.
Thank you :) I can understand that this book is not for everyone!
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Post by hsimone » 31 Mar 2017, 02:37

Thank you for the insightful review! I do enjoy a good read that speaks about the subject LGBT. It's too bad that the plot wasn't as exciting as it could have been. At least, the characters were strong, and I'm glad that you were able to enjoy the read regardless!
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Post by gali » 31 Mar 2017, 02:50

Sound intrguing. I like when a narrative focuses on the inner workings of the protagonists. I am not sure it is for me, but I am glad you enjoyed the book overall. Good job on the review!
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Post by Aniaks » 31 Mar 2017, 03:20

Though the plot could be more exciting and enjoying, I like reading LGBT books and this is one of my type. Due to strong characters, I may lean towards reading this book. But the book is short so I am in the dilemna of whether to have it or not.
Well congratulations on the review.

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Post by jamesabr » 31 Mar 2017, 05:22

I looked forward to this book before, but now I MUST sample it. The characterization of the pastors will probably be an interesting aspect of Hibernation. Thanks for reviewing it.

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Post by Amagine » 31 Mar 2017, 08:22

This sounds like it would be an interesting read. Especially how you said that one of the characters have been living a lie. Do you think that's where the title comes from? Maybe the real him is in "hibernation" while the fake him is the one everyone sees? If that's the case, it makes the book sound even more interesting.
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Post by Scerakor » 31 Mar 2017, 08:29

Thanks for the review. It sounds like the book fell short for its own proposed main message but has potential through the characters / dynamic itself. This isn't the type of book that is up my alley, but there are likely a lot of people here that may enjoy it.

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Post by skalicia » 31 Mar 2017, 08:44

Sounds like an interesting read. I like books with strong characters.

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Post by CLOSETOYOU » 31 Mar 2017, 08:50

About LGBT Community, they still human has feelings like a normal being but always misunderstood. The stories Hibernation sounds interesting in real life.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 31 Mar 2017, 08:56

I don't think that this book is for me, but I enjoyed reading your detailed review!
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Post by Lincoln » 31 Mar 2017, 09:18

This sounds like a super interesting read and something not normally seen. Well done!
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