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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In the Time of the Flash is a work of fiction in the science fiction, intrigue, and dystopian adventure subgenres, and is the fifth novel in The Book of Ruin series. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author W.G. Hladky, this latest dive into a fascinating sci-fi planet in peril depicts a world grappling with the aftermath of powerful coronal mass ejections that cripple Earth's technology. Abigail Tate, a resilient university student, finds herself in a dystopian Miami during spring break. The once vibrant city is now a battleground for violent cults, distorted by a drug called Wisht. Amidst the chaos, Abigail joins forces with Miami-Dade sheriff’s deputies, entangling herself in a web of government conspiracies, religious fervor, and a mission to protect the vulnerable.
Author W.G. Hladky has crafted an atmospheric, detailed, and immersive experience in a post-apocalyptic world that is like nothing I’ve seen this year. The narrative is a smoothly-written blend of dystopia, survival, and conspiracy that keeps the fast-paced plot rolling on through different trials and tribulations, making it a gripping read with lots of action but also a thought-provoking exploration of humanity’s downfall. Abigail's character evolves dynamically, reflecting the harsh realities of her environment, and I was especially impressed with the speech and thought presentation that details her character and makes her feel realistic and empathetic. The vivid descriptions of the transformed landscape and the challenges faced by the characters contribute to the book's atmospheric and intense nature, moving beyond the cinematic into a multisensory descriptive experience that feels like you’re really there. Overall, In the Time of the Flash explores the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cataclysmic events, creating a compelling narrative that lingers in the mind, and I would highly recommend it for sci-fi and dystopian fiction readers everywhere.