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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Farewell, Everything is a work of fiction in the supernatural, magic realism, and horror sub-genres, and was penned by author Véva Perala. This lavishly tragic and bittersweet tale does contain some themes which certain readers may be sensitive to, such as drug usage, discrimination, death, and violence, but the content is more imagery based than outright graphic. Our central protagonist is Osha Oloreben, who has been through some difficult times already as a runaway and is a somewhat naïve and sensitive soul. So when he finds himself deep in the surreal world of Valena city, it becomes even harder to know who to trust, and what exactly he has given away under the false promise of peace at last.
Author Véva Perala has crafted a gorgeous and literary expression of sorrow, suffering and self-discovery in this poignant exploration of our soul’s deepest fears and desires. Readers who strongly identify with the fear and pain of a character’s emotional journey are sure to get a lot out of the lovingly crafted Osha and his arc of development. For a magical realism piece, there is just as much plot as there is poetry, and there are plenty of stylish and intriguing characters who we can get to know and analyze as a reflection of Osha’s emotional state, and indeed a representation of our own feelings and problems in the wider world. Overall, Farewell, Everything is a highly resonant novel which I would recommend to fans of accomplished literature and surreal, philosophical works.