Publisher: Angry Robot
Publishing Date: February 2014
Publisher Description: The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.
Review: The cover art is really good. Fits the modus of the novel perfectly.
Holy shjtsnacks this was a good novel. It is a dance between worlds of existence that overlap in surprising ways. There are moments within the novel that send clear messages about living in our current state of unawareness or choosing awareness for the sake of diminished ego by sacrificing our desires. The author weaves this message into the good vs. evil idiom on the macro scale while elevating the inner diametric towards enlightenment.
The world impacted is relevant to the author’s premise that unaware actions pursued to their ends, manifest in not only a degraded ecosystem but are a reflection of maligned intent. This message of the grand diametric is carried within as a constant message of striving for “balance” (as the inner goes so goes the outer etc.). There is also this interesting and fluid Coptic movement throughout the novel that is reminiscent of Christianity, mainly the iteration and intent of Jesus and his relationship to god. There is definitely a Gordon Black/Crowman paradigm of the same lineal bent.
There is no reading this novel with literal intent. The imagery that the scenes evoke adds to the message crafted within a wending story-line. “The end of the world as we know it” in this instance, strays from what would actually occur, IMHO. There is this desultory penchant for misanthropic guile that pervades the tenure of the novel. While agreeable, this subtle and overt negativity would be rampant, overt and cloistered. The author touches on what I think would be all pervasive so shortly after a collapse when Gordon comes upon a group that is hunting/eating humans in order to survive. I also think there would have been a quicker expansion out of city centers into the countryside. The author’s manifest intent is to create a story within a broader context (message) and the vehicle for this is a designed apocalypse.
Without being too pedantic (oops, too late) you will enjoy this novel at any one level. I think there will be a people whom either really like the process and those that will detest the novels cogent and fugue state allegorical prose.