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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Momentary Illumination of Objects in Motion by Jason Arias features quirky characters, impressive and unusual story lines, and critical themes. The collection veers off from common ideas to present stories that highlight the brokenness in our world and the sheer effort by many to survive and make sense of their circumstances. In Deer Don’t Scream, Do They? a young student on his way to becoming a paramedic and a new cop witness death for the first time together. The harrowing experience introduces them to the harsh realities of their careers. Arias explores themes on identity, family relationships, death and life in general.
I started reading each story with anticipation and uncertainty, not knowing what to expect. Each plot is mesmerizing in its own way. The stories feature sensitive topics and unforgettable characters ranging from mermaids to characters grappling with the death of those close to them and, at times, their own death. In some places, the scenes are unusually calm such as that of the paramedic dealing with a disturbingly injured person. In others, the tension is palpable, and those were the places where I held my breath, not knowing what would follow. The collection is intense and moving and, in different ways, it opened my eyes and dared me to view people and situations in a new way. Momentary Illumination of Objects in Motion challenges what is considered normal and will be a treat for readers who are willing to dig deeper to discover concealed notions and emotions.