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A beacon of mope
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2016
Beacon 23 has an interesting premise, starts out promising, but ultimately fell flat for me. Living in isolation is an interesting subject because of the psychological strain loneliness can cause, but this book doesn't really explore that as much as it maybe could have.
It spends a good amount of time making triple sure you understand that the protagonist was a misunderstood war hero relegated to self-imposed isolation to cope with his PTSD. Like, ok, I get it, going through a war and watching friends and fellow soldiers die can change a person and cause all sorts of psychological damage, but do you have to mention it every other page? Do you think I'll forget, or what?
Anyhoo, like I said it starts out promising, gets a bit mind-bendy, then just sort of gets boring. And it's short, too, which is weird. By the time I got to the "shocker" of an ending, I didn't really care, I just wanted the book to be over.
That's not to say I didn't get any enjoyment out of this book -- it's pretty funny at times (I'm looking at you, pet rock) -- and it is a short read, which is nice, but yeah, for me it was just ok.