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The novel is set in a Manhattan “shrouded in mystery” and follows a 17-year-old Catholic high school student who begins to acquire supernatural powers after being introduced to a book called The Calendar of Sleights by a strange classmate. The protagonist is then pulled into a long-running war among rival factions of magicians....

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  • Jim
    2018-11-02 17:24

    The world is a bit like The Magicians, but Mike & his friends don't go to the school. Those who do are 'the assholes'. Why? That's the story. I'm still not sure if they really are or are any worse than our side, at any rate. Interesting take on magic - never really explained, but I just know there's a lot more out there. (Get writing, Munson!)Mike Wood, is a pretty typical teenage boy - a bit of a jock (football only), lazy, constantly horny, touchy. Not an endearing character, but very true to life. Munson had me laughing quite a few times, generally inappropriately, too. Teenagers are kind of fun from a distance - all hormones, ideals, answers with a lot of questions, angst, cynical wonder... Munson captures this well.I wanted to like this book more than I did. It has a lot to recommend it. It doesn't spell everything out in bold letters, but allows us to slowly realize what it's all about through terse action sequences. Munson never tells if he can show. Description is kept to a minimum, but is almost poetic at times. I mean that in a good way - like Zelazny does it - a few descriptive words that capture the mood & let my imagination go with it. His prose was as terse as Zelazny's too - a little too little at times. I get the feeling he went back, edited out all extraneous sentences & then took out another 15% just to be safe. I could usually keep up, but there were a few times when I was really lost & there are still things (especially motivations at the end) that I don't understand at all. I'm not sure if I missed something due to the audio book or not. Certainly some sections caught me off guard & were harder to catch up with in this format. It was particularly hard when he jumped ahead & then brought us up to speed. Is this a standalone? (I want a follow up, Munson. You can't leave me hanging, although you probably will. You're kind of a prick, you know that? No one could write Mike so well unless they were & you did a great job.)I think I'd like to read this in print at some point. A second read would probably shed a lot more light on the story. I have a feeling I'll like it a lot more then. I want to read more by this author too, although it looks as if he only wrote one other novel & that was 5 years ago. (You're never going to write a sequel to this, are you?) Wish I could give this book a higher rating. Maybe some day.

  • Brenda Ayala
    2018-11-13 10:48

    Couldn't do it. Too choppy. All the sentences didn't make sense. There were too many random changes of scenery without any real explanation, at least at first. And the main character was too much like Holden Caulfield with his sarcasm and testosterone. Seriously though, it was just a little too weird for me. The structure of the book was just so short and abrupt and annoying, and I had way too hard of a time looking past it to the story underneath. And it was just a gimmick--because when I read the Notes from the Author, they were normal people sentences. So that just tells me that this author tried to do something fancy and wasn't able to pull it off enough for me. The actual plot was pretty cool, and I feel like I would have enjoyed it significantly more without the stupid sentences. Actual magic tricks being used to defeat people!? Magic mirrors that capture people!? Lots and lots of card tricks? Yes. So much yes. I can get behind a story like that. I can get behind a story with the name "Asshole" in the book title too. All of that are successful bits.Just that damn sentence structure.

  • Oda Renate
    2018-10-20 11:51

    dnf

  • Anjela
    2018-11-09 14:29

    Meh. Here are my favorite quotes from the book:"We're in a war against the assholes" said Hob "Makes sense," I said, "nobody likes assholes." *Character comes back from the dead with these words:"Abracadabra, bitches"

  • Jenn
    2018-10-26 15:48

    I have no idea what the fuck I just read tbh.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-16 17:40

    What the heck did I just read??? This book was really, REALLY strange to say the least. I’m honestly unsure whether I even understood the plot line or not. Having said that, the writing is intriguing - once you get past the “stream-of-consciousness” style. I did kind of enjoy it, even though it left me feeling confused & muddle-headed. I kept falling asleep while trying my darnedest to pay attention to what was going on - which is why it took me so long to finish.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-26 17:36

    My Summary: Mike has grown up in New York City knowing that he's nothing special. Sure, he has broad shoulders and can hold his own, but that doesn't really mean much in a place where everyone is twenty different types of talented. Especially not at his school, where there are hundreds of other guys just like him - all destined to grow up to be completely mediocre.But that's before Mike is pulled into a shady club of sorts by a fellow classmate, and everything he thought he knew is proved false. Now, with something to prove and something to aspire to, Mike finds himself realizing just how disgusted he is by the life of mediocrity he had previously resigned himself to. He's determined to help win The War, even if he has to die trying.My Thoughts: I had no expect when I cracked open The War Against the Assholes, but if the title was any indication, it was going to be a wild ride. I loved the dark, gritty atmosphere of the novel - it really made you feel as if you were experiencing the shady underside of New York City. Days later, thinking about the novel summoned up visions of Mikes New York: smog and grey skies, skyscrapers and dreary streets.I really enjoyed the Fight Club-esque vibe of the novel, and fans of the novel will definitely be able to find similarities; Mike is an everyman kind of character - a little bland, kind of difficult to connect with (for me personally) but as the story continues you see him twisted and shaped into something new and slightly terrifying. The "ancient conflict" aspect was also really interesting. I love anything to do with historical cults or groups and this was right up my alley. It also kind of posed (and answered) the question, "what if meat-heads were given magic powers?". You'll have to check this book out for the answer!Although the plot was really engaging, I had a little trouble (at first) getting into the choppy writing style. This was entirely due to my own preferences though - not a problem with the writing itself. Once I was a few chapters in, the writing melted away and the plot took over. I think others will definitely enjoy it as it is.Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to fans of adventure novels, as well as mystery and suspense. Fans of Fight Club should check it out as well!

  • Absinthe
    2018-11-11 16:51

    This was an interesting book that started off really strong and promising. The character development really drew me in, as did the syntax and plot. Each character is very independent, though only a few really become 'three dimensional'. I will definitely say that you will not be able to entirely predict the ending, however in this case I don't see that as a good thing. I'm torn between saying the book had a very clever ending, or a very poorly written one. I'm not entirely clear what the author is trying to say with the book, but it comes off as an exercise in futility, because ultimately everything is useless, or so the book seems to say. I really wished the book had ended differently, and I'm not yet sure if I should respect the author for abandoning the reader at the end.

  • Daniel
    2018-11-02 11:51

    I've had a long-held belief that many editors and publishers are afraid to admit when they don't understand something. When the form of a written work is off just enough that it appears to be done on purpose and not because the author doesn't know how to write, then it must be 'new' and 'innovative' and even though it's hard to follow and doesn't make sense, it must be publish-worthy because it's bucking a trend. Sorry. Sometimes it's just crap.I'm really, really curious as to how this novel got published.Okay...there's a decent idea in here. Not a particularly new one, if you've read a fair amount of science fiction/fantasy, but the idea is okay. A young man is given a book called "The Calendar of Sleights" and as he reads it he starts to develop supernatural powers. Cool.So who are 'the assholes' in the title? Some rival magicians, according to the book. Our intrepid hero, Mike Wood, according to me.Author Sam Munson's writing is distracting. He appears to be spending a lot of time developing or setting up a 'voice' - concentrating on the form, rather than telling us a story that is engaging or captivating. The short, clipped sentences - constantly! - made this challenging to read. A challenge is okay if it pays off, but this doesn't make the grade.I never bought in to our central character or cared why he was the one selected for this quest. His arrogance and laissez-faire attitude was more annoying than appealing.I so much wanted to like this book. A great title and the germ of an interesting idea but it gets lost in Munson's attempt to be creative in style.Looking for a good book? The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson is a fantasy novel that favors style over content and drags because of this.

  • Amelia Street
    2018-11-15 11:28

    So, I didn't make a book review for this as soon as I finished it, mainly because I couldn't put my thoughts into words, and also because I was quite relieved to have finally finished. The War Against the Assholes started out well, I loved the idea of the underground magic card trick society/war thing, and Sam Munson's choppy writing style was something I hadn't read before, and it gave a good insight into Mike's personality. However, on the topic of Mike, at times he was a bit too real for me. This is probably because of the fact I'm a 13-year-old girl, and I tend to not relate well to horny teenage boys. As well as this, Munson's writing style caused me to lose the plot at times, and once I reached the 200-page mark I was ready for this book to be over. It became very disjointed moving between chapters, and it didn't help that I couldn't bring myself to sit down and power through this book. As other people who reviewed this book said, I wanted to like it more than I actually did, and it was a pretty disappointing read for me. I can totally see how others would enjoy this book, so I recommend giving it a go but don't feel bad if you can't finish it. 2.5/5 stars from me.

  • Elspeth LaMorte
    2018-11-04 13:26

    I hate putting books on the DNF shelf, because if I dislike something I like to be able to give it a chance for redemption because there are books that improve towards the end, or I want to be able to pinpoint what it is that I'm disliking about it, but for this book I had the same response as most of the others who have given it low star reviews. I was intrigued by the premise, and the title, but there was nothing in the characters for me to be anything but apathetic about them and the sentence structure is so choppy that there is no flow. The formatting also bothered me, because the combination of choppy, detached sentences and run on dialogue meant that there was no distinct voice and no division of voice so I couldn't separate the characters without rereading sentences.

  • Line Lehtonen
    2018-11-19 15:46

    DNF'ed about a 100 pages in. This is basically The Catcher in the Rye with magic and a writing style I do not appreciate - I was particularly frustrated with the dialogue. I hated Catcher in the Rye, so me not liking this one makes sense. The main character was almost as annoying as Holden (quite a feat in itself) and 'asshole' turns out to be a lame nickname for the opponents rather than a clever spin on something. I was so excited going into this, but man.. I just can't go through with it. I'm Sorry.

  • Aidan Robins
    2018-11-18 13:33

    This book was hard to read. The conversations were laid out in a weird way.

  • RaygunGothic
    2018-11-12 11:37

    It almost seems like Sam Munson and Lev Grossman had a similar story to tell, and this probably should have been a decent book. The details are both pretentious and graphic in a TMI gross-dude-stuff kind of way. But this book is more aimless and the world building is less defined. Honestly, it almost seems like the first-person narration would make for an easier read than The Magicians was. Not so, apparently. Because the author failed to pull the protagonist into a plotline soon enough, the lull lasted for the entire book. I'm sure the point was that those in power failed to live up to their promises and ideals, but the narrative structure was a mess.

  • Joshua
    2018-10-24 13:25

    The Magicians meets The Yiddish Policeman's Union, but less than either.

  • Alisha Tarran
    2018-10-21 17:47

    This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me and I've been a little bit hesitant to write this review! The synopsis intrigued me because it sounded original and it sounded fun and I was excited to get started on it, but as I started to read...the book wasn't at all what I was expecting, which was both good and bad! The magic of the book was really interesting, you have Sorcerers who have schools and stuff who are the bad guys and our guys use card tricks and magic tricks to fight, which I thought was brilliant and would love to have seen more of! I'd love to know what they did to warrant asshole status and start this whole war off! At one point I was kind of reminded of Dave Franco's character in Now You See Me when he throws his cards about and they cut things and stuff. The cast of characters was interesting, I liked Alabama the most, I think, and I was so curious about her, I'd have loved to have gotten to know her better! Mike was what I imagine to be a typical teenage boy, you kind of had to laugh at points! He was very realistic, but hard to relate to for me, or actually like at some points. I didn't get some of what he did at all. It must be a boy thing? The setting for the book was gritty, a dank, grey, gritty side of New York, and the book itself was quite gritty, along with being humorous at points. The book blends fantasy and reality in an interesting way, and the writing style for some reason reminded me a little bit of A Clockwork Orange? But I think that's just me, because I don't think anyone else has said that! I think it's the sentence structure that did it, although these guys do have some of their own slang words but not to the extent of CO. It just reminded me of it as soon as I started to read! The whole secret underground war they had going on reminded me of Fight Club as well! This book reminded me of a lot of things actually! I loved how the different slights from the book Hob gave to Mike ran throughout the book, it was a thread weaving all the way through and I enjoyed that part rather a lot. It even tells you how to do them but I am far too clumsy to try to do it! I'd be the worlds worst magician, that's for sure. The book was fairly complex for a short book, a lot happens and goes on in the book and I thought the pacing was good. Now the reason I was hesitant to review this was because I'd wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did, and I was worried I was the only person who had struggled with this book because I'm too thick to get it or something, but other readers have also had the same problems so it's all good! The book is very much straight to the point and concise, and I've not read anything quite like it before, which is good. It shows you rather than tells you and I think that worked quite well at certain points in the book, but at other points it didn't. You have to figure things out for yourself as you read and that did leave me a little bit confused at some points, not entirely sure what had just happened and so on. There wasn't much description going on which let the imagination run wild but again...more description would have been useful at some points in the book. I think the turning point for me was after Mike's weird amnesia bit, the whole bit before was really trippy but kind of cool, but after that with the amnesia I was confused for a few seconds and then I got it, but from that point on things got a bit blurry for me. I didn't have a clear idea of characters motivations and their reasons for their actions, and at some points I actually had no idea what had just gone on, and when I finished the book I felt like I'd missed something at some point. Which was disappointing and it took me longer to read the book than it should have. I mean it was kind of hard to get in to because I was getting used to the writing style, but I was excited to get to the magic and see what it was all about and then I was reading it no problem, but like the last 100 pages or more, I think, took me longer to read because a lot of the time I was very confused. The War Against The Assholes has its good points, and it has its bad points, but it's definitely original it has to be said, and I feel like the world could be explored more from where things where left off, but I'm not certain there is going to be a sequel! It was definitely an interesting read!

  • M
    2018-11-05 14:49

    Okay, so I picked up this book and expected a fairly new, and original idea. This book however carries on with the ‘fight back against the evil!’ trope, and I grew tired of this fairly quickly. I don’t ever really put down a book, because all books deserve a chance to prove themselves, but this was painful to finish. The writing style just confuses and is unnecessary to the story, I think I may have actually been able to enjoy it if it was written in a more traditional way.

  • Simon Ellberger
    2018-11-07 17:25

    "The War Against the Assholes" is an urban fantasy story set primarily in New York City. It is a book about class war amongst magicians. The quality of the prose is high; the writing is stylistically and structurally odd. The author tells the story from a first person perspective. And he writes. In this style. Breaking sentences. Into sentence fragments. He uses: colons. Abruptly. Okay, I'll stop doing that. Actually, I liked this quirky approach. I thought it was a brilliant way to capture the main character's disjointed thinking; however, conventional readers may find this distracting—but if they can adapt, they will be rewarded with a unique voice that tells its owner's tale with authentic dark realism.The author displays a great vocabulary, and he makes use of this to employ another offbeat technique: the main protagonist uses esoteric words and then talks to the reader in order to explain how he knows these rarefied words. This is a sly method for giving us more insight into the character's personality.The dialogue between the characters is also structured unusually, in frequent rapid fire exchanges that volley back and forth, and which are often cryptic, often clever. Character development is extensive, and everyone is morally ambiguous—no black and white hats, just gray ones on cloudy heads. They are colorful but hueless. I find such unappealing characters appealing.Where the book fails is in its plot. It opens as a fascinating story, and has at least one major plot twist, but it begins meandering in its later stages and like a trick of legerdemain, the plot disappears before it ends. There is no misdirection, just missed direction. Metaphorically, this is bad sleight of hand. It’s a shame, because the author clearly has writing skills. But, unless you’re Andy Kaufman, you can’t start an act full of weird patter and then walk off the stage mid-performance with the audience left sitting there wondering what’s happening, and expect to get applause. Of course, there are writers who like booze :) . However, I would have preferred that the author had set a higher bar. There better be a sequel. I will buy it for the prose—although the editing will probably need pros as well.

  • Douglas Lord
    2018-11-17 09:41

    Though the title hints that this might be a tool to use when conversing with members of opposing political factions at barbecues, it’s actually an imaginative, choppily constructed fantasy/mystery that begins in a Manhattan private school. First-person narrator Mike Wood is a senior at St. Cyprian’s. Blunt enough to admit that he’s sort of a goon, Mike is also wise enough to acknowledge the rarefied world in which he lives: “my grades had never risen out of their initial mediocrity. For which my parents had to pay. Twenty-nine thousand four hundred dollars, that year.” Not long after Mikel beats the living shit out of a rival, the school’s mysterious outsider, Hob, gives Mike his copy of a well-thumbed, generic-looking book (“…small green book. Gold letters on the spine”) titled The Calendar of Sleights. It turns out that the book, superficially about card tricks, is less the mechanics of deception and more a kind of Sun Tzu-for-magic with sentences such as, “You shall learn the unconquerable desire of the low to rise.” After deepening the unlikely friendship with Hob and a new gang, Mike develops special traits (e.g., he can fly—or at least not fall, at first). Hob & Co. draw Mike into a centuries-old conflict between rival mages who use massive willpower and Byzantine tricks to win battles that take place in hidden locales all over NYC. Munson (The November Criminals) at times nails being young and not quite understanding how to control all the testosterone: “My healthy blood continued to pound stupidly through my veins. You’ll never recapture that headlong speed.” VERDICT YA crossover that actually fits the category. Readers willing to invest in a story that always feels a little askew will enjoy.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  • zapkode
    2018-11-15 17:38

    {My Thoughts} – I have read about halfway through this book and am still having problems with the structure in which it is written. I don’t know how to get past all the short snipped sentences. I don’t know how to get use to the lack of appropriate punctuation and the fact that the book is simply lacking in other ways I just cannot seem to fathom at this point.Based on what I have read is that Mike is the main character and he gets into a scuffle that leaves one of the schools bully’s rather beaten up because he managed to catch him off guard. Once he is through beating this guy up he encounters the schools outsider Hob. Hob gives him a little green book and tells him to read it but not out in the open. As he reads the book he starts to try and understand the content within its pages.It appears to be a book about how to perform magic tricks and deliver them flawlessly. However, I haven’t really gathered much more from what I have read because the sentence structure and the means in which it is written makes me want to put the book down and never look at it again. I am sure that others may enjoy this book, just the way it is, but it isn’t my kind of book and I know that one may not always enjoy each book they read, but this book makes me want to stuff it away.I was really hoping this book would be more in depth as to how to deal with people that aren’t so kind and in a logical manner dish out some sort of advice. However, because I am having issues reading it I don’t think I will ever fully know what the book is about and at this point I am okay with that. There are very few books that I have received for review that I haven’t been able to fully engage in and this is one of them. I do wish the author nothing but success in the future and I hope that others that rad this book may find some appeal in the style, it just isn’t a written style that is meant for me.

  • Krystal
    2018-10-20 12:25

    ***Original review postedhereOkay, so let me start this by saying I could not finish this book. And I usually finish books. Once I start, I stick through it to make a fair judgement call on the whole book. I just could not make it to the end of The War Against The Assholes.The premise was different but fun. Fantasy and true crime? Not usually my genre of choice, but let's be honest, the title is enough to want to dive right into this one. Who wouldn't want to wage a war against the assholes out there? Am I right? So I figure the book would be fun, and witty and something new and different. But what I got was confusing, strange and yes, something new and different but not the new and different I wanted. So unfortunately, I'm the asshole here by saying this book was not worth my time. I could have used the time to finish rereading the Twilight series (I'm on Eclipse!). Maybe this book will be for someone else, but they won't be hearing about it from me.But let's take the time to acknowledge the publisher of The War Against The Assholes. SAGA Press, a new and exciting imprint of Simon & Schuster. Good things look like they'll come out of there, I'm looking forward to seeing what they have to offer in the near future!Happy Reading!

  • Purnacandra Sivarupa
    2018-11-17 17:28

    Here's a manifesto-in-fiction of the forest rebel, Ernst Junger's self-isolated crier-in-the-wilderness. Dark, depressing, terribly real, but somehow never bitter. This is Harry Potter for grown-ups: young magicians against incredible odds. But realistic: no "chosen one" BS because nobody's special, 'Hogwarts' is an Otherworld wonderland of magical education—but only for the wealthy and privileged. There's no great evil, and no secret society of good guys. Just a world ruled by rich elites with silver spoons up their asses, the clueless bourgeoisie, the trod-upon proletariat, and the occult street gang trying to make themselves some pockets of freedom.True, real-world mystics and magicians aren't taking part in some grand conflict. But the conflicts of fiction can serve us as inspiration for our own efforts at freedom. This book in particular can be such inspiration, but it is also a warning: the war being waged is not a battle for victory, but of finding the significance of "just getting by". Read alongside The Forest Passage with a hip flask of good liquor and let your sentimentality sleep on the couch for the night.

  • Raymond
    2018-11-07 10:34

    I liked the concept of this book. I liked the descriptions, the inner voice of the main character. I just wish I knew what the hell was going on in it. To me it reads as if the author had an extremely short attention span or was hoping the reader had. Descriptions of scenes involving the characters would just change to completely different scenes with out any rhyme or reason. It's almost as if the author wrote a paragraph, got distracted and then came back many hours later, having forgot what he had written, and continued on. I wanted to like this book. (Strangely part of me still does). I just find the constant jumping about of the characters with out any attempt at linking scenes together, hard to follow. The plot is so hazy. I often re-read chapters because I thought I had some how skipped over a number of paragraphs and lost the storyline. Not so. Read this book if you wish. Just be prepared to be confused and wondering why some extra time couldn't have been spent shaping a really good concept into a better story.

  • Gary
    2018-11-18 10:27

    Terrible

  • Mhenmanman
    2018-10-20 12:44

    If you are an adult with a high vocabulary and don't mind reading teen fiction, then maybe you'll like this book. Much his first novel, Munson chooses a precocious and under achieving high school student as his narrator and main character, which ends up somewhat alienating the reader from really bonding to the protagonist. A lot of the plot is driven by the mind of a young teenager and the lust and anger he feels toward others. Although the protagonist is said to be not terribly bright, he makes use of an extensive vocabulary that Munson tries to excuse through somewhat weak literary means. Maybe Munson is too smart for his own good? By adjusting the vocabulary and narration, this book could have easily found a wider audience with teens and young adults. The plot and premise behind the book was quite intriguing but combined with the younger protagonists and the more modernist writing style, it doesn't quite mesh and leaves a strange a confusing impression.

  • Josh
    2018-10-29 16:34

    The story is Catcher in the Rye infused with magic. Mike Wood knows he isn’t anything special, but after a fellow classmate shows him a book called The Calendar of Sleights, he is drawn in to a class war between two rival factions of magicians.But this book is not for everyone. The blend of constant short sentences and long paragraphs leave the reader dropped in a unique style of prose. Unfortunately, it does not work for every reader.It is fully the owner’s tale in his unique voice filled with authentic dark realism.To this reader, I felt that it added something. The feeling of a slight disconnect worked well with the surreal story, which resulted in a complex and strange read, but refreshing nonetheless.If you end up not wanting to continue, set the book down. Nothing can make you enjoy it if you cannot adapt to the quirky style. But it is worth looking in to.

  • Eilífr
    2018-11-03 14:40

    Interesting book but it's missing something. I'm not exactly sure what though. The author left it to the reader to figure out what he was talking about. Which is fine in moderation but he didn't use moderation at all. The book was definitely hard to follow in certain parts. Also, and this annoyed me to know end, he overused. Periods. Everything. Was followed. By a period. Additionally, questions deserve to be followed by question marks. This story was interesting and quite original; a plus. However, this was ruined by the laziness and unfamiliarity of the authors peculiar writing style. I would like to read this story again, written by another author. It screams Neil Gaiman.

  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    2018-11-04 16:42

    This book just wasn't for me. I tried, but couldn't get into it. In fact, I put it down and read two and a half other books instead. I gave it to page 66, and sure, I could have kept going, but when I find myself not wanting to pick up a book, I just have to go with my instincts and pick up something new instead.I'm sure that other people might like it, but you have to be willing to delve into the truly mysterious / unexplained for at least 60+ pages. I didn't read enough of it to give it a rating, in my opinion, though.

  • Markus Jansson
    2018-11-14 10:30

    Sort of an anti Harry Potter with a whiff of Catcher in the rye. Not your usual urban fantasy fare. Seems some people had problems with the short and choppy prose. I did not. In fact, I think it added something. A feeling of slight disconnect (since I had to stay on my toes to keep up) which works well with the surreal story and simultaneously it connected me to the characters since everything felt more recalled than written, if that makes sense. I would love to delve deeper into this world and hear more from Mike. Here's hoping for a sequel!

  • David
    2018-10-20 14:42

    I know this book would not be for everyone. First, there is some strange typesetting/paragraph formatting issues to get around related to dialogue. Second, the POV is a teenage boy and this reads a bit like you might remember thinking back then. Short, odd sentences and a bit flighty. That being said, the story is interesting and the world-building felt fresh. The characters are a little diffused, but I'll write that off to the POV, in some ways. Also, the ending was not what I expected. (This is a good thing.)