Fractured State

Fiction - Science Fiction
288 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2024
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Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite

Fractured State by R.M. Tembreull tells an exciting story that fuses cosmic mythos with a deep dystopian view of modern America, rethinking old legends and current social problems, and combining thoughtful insights with engaging storytelling. The story follows Arden, a homeless veteran who becomes the protector of Hearthstone Grove, a refuge for people seeking peace in a chaotic world. When Texas secedes and extremists take control, Arden and his community face threats from the new regime and radicalized individuals. Guided by spiritual forces and dealing with personal challenges, Arden navigates a world where real and virtual realities mix, fighting widespread hate and social chaos. The book delves into the consequences of human actions on both a cosmic and societal scale, exploring the dual nature of humanity's potential for creation and destruction. It explores the impact of historical and contemporary events, prompting readers to think about the fragility of democracy and the environment.

The author presents Mothman as an ancient cosmic being in a deep narrative that rethinks human history and mythology. It also explores the Inani and their energy-extraction practices, highlighting humanity's self-destructive ways and environmental damage. The writing is both intricate and expansive. The writing skillfully captures the complex interplay of emotions and deep thoughts. The tone is both somber and reflective, offering a scary view of societal breakdown, environmental degradation, and the rise of authoritarianism. The detailed setting and the tone create a tense and ominous atmosphere. The characters and their emotions are strong, especially the central character, Arden, whose journey is marked by his deep spiritual sensitivity. His path from trauma to resilience is poignantly depicted, revealing the complex emotions of the characters. Arden's connection with Kwin, a spirit of the trees, adds a touch of mystical realism, highlighting themes of belonging and spiritual development. This book is a powerful allegory for contemporary societal challenges and offers a compelling call to action. R.M. Tembreull's Fractured State is a thought-provoking story that takes readers through a fractured world, encouraging them to think about the fine line between destruction and renewal. A highly recommended and relevant read for today's world.

Andrea T

I've had the pleasure of reading "Fractured State In the Blighted Earth" prior to publication, & have been asked to narrate it as an audio book. The review above captures everything I could have said. "Fractured State" is a "can't miss!"