Saturday, February 28, 2015

Talker 25

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune


I know, I just get a little hyped up when I find one that seems remotely promising....


An amazon summary, "It's a high-school prank gone horribly wrong—sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon—and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune's debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore. "The story packs significant punch."—Publishers Weekly" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

This story starts in the middle of a bad prank that throws everything out of whack for Melissa (the narrator) as she takes a photo on top of a sleeping dragon that's on a dragon reservation.


Back story on the world that the book doesn't really care to tell you until you've pretty much figured it out for yourself and just have to accept the weird facts revealed at odd plot times.

Dragons mysteriously appeared one day; they come in three colors, blue, red, and green. People have been at odds with how to treat the dragons, but everyone agrees that red and green dragons are nightmares while the blue ones just seem to sleep all the time.

Melissa's Mom was killed by a dragon, but she was secretly a supporter of dragons being free and trying to coexist with them.

Melissa's Dad works on the reservation that is full of blue dragons and studies them.

Both her parents were members of the military.

Oh, everyone lives in houses that are painted black, because the dragons can't see black....and they live in the 'normal' post apocalyptic world where everything sucks and no one bothers to explain the mechanics of their society.'s a dragon attack on the town Melissa is in, she's rescued by some 'good' dragons. It turns out she has the mental prowess to speak with dragons (as do quite a few other people turns out), kind of joins people who are anti-military/government because they treat dragons cruelly (turns out their cool too or people or something? Unclear) and she's spirited away to a compound where she can maybe help?

Oh and the dragons are starting to make babies which is something they haven't done in the 10+ years they've already been on Earth.

....did I mention no one knows where they came from...including the dragons?

Essentially, the story spins into a horrible government crazy time, everyone is tortured and turned into slaves that can speak to dragons (or killed), and the whole world seems to revolve around any convoluted fantasy story.

Just hard pass on this book guys. Just hard pass.

The plot is so twisted in on itself, the writing doesn't allow for any concepts to be fully developed, and Melissa doesn't even have a consistent personality to relate to...ever.

I think I finished it without realizing I was at the end. Like what!? Then the regrets happened. I could have been reading something else.

Oy. Such is life.

Happy reading!

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