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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
God Quit by Anthony Cabrera is a unique story that first caught my attention because of the title. And I asked myself the question as I downloaded the book: What happens when God quits. I wasn’t disappointed when I started reading. In a story set in Long Island, readers are introduced to what the author calls his “cozy home,” Crane’s Neck Rehabilitation Center, with very interesting characters. A lot of the action takes place within the confines of this hospital and the protagonist opens the eyes of readers to what life could be like confined in a mental hospital.
Tobias Sparks is in a mental hospital, brooding and wondering how he could get back to the life he used to live. But he is not alone! He is surrounded by an interesting cast of characters, including a soldier who has done a lot and can’t seem to properly atone for his war crimes, a professor with an inquisitive mind, an aged man with too many secrets about a Royal Family, and others. And then, there are God and Satan — partners in crime — who keep him company. It is interesting to read as Tobias looks at the question of “good and evil.” His thoughts will surprise readers and make them consider other ways of looking at reality.
The book curiously starts with a startling question: “Are you a good person?” And the narrator wastes no time in challenging readers to meet themselves at a party and consider if they would be glad to exchange numbers with who they really are. But the one question that struck me powerfully, the one that challenges the blurred lined between truth and morality is: “How far apart is the one who thinks about murder compared to the one who actually commits it?” The writing is beautiful, and it is filled with insightful, critical thoughts.
Readers will easily connect with the characters, especially the protagonist who keeps an interesting journal. I have never read anything so lofty, so entertaining, so beguiling, and something so close to home. God Quit is a psychoanalytic gaze at the concepts of good and evil from one who, in the nature of things, should be psychologically examined. Anthony Cabrera forces the reader to look at reality from the position of someone who can be considered mentally sick and rejected by his own society. It is gripping and disturbing, but it is fun.