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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Growing up, Adam Chad Kilroy hated everything about his life and his community, but even he never imagined it would get this bad. Now in court facing a mob of angry villagers, Adam took a minute to look back on his life, to reflect on the path that got him to his current situation and how everything got so messed up. Adam's troubles begun when he was just seven years old, instigated by the little village troublemaker named Cassandra. After the trouble that turned everyone against him, life seemed to get back to normal for the next few years - well, as normal as could be in his village of 'idiots.' But little did he know that his problems would follow him into the future. The day Adam turned fifteen, ghosts from his troubled past were awakened and, shortly after, while on a mission with his father, Adam encountered a ghost from his childhood past, bringing with it sweet memories created in a forest a lifetime ago. In an attempt to rekindle a forbidden love, Adam landed himself in the worst kind of predicament with no apparent way out. This is the story of a society divided by a wicked belief system, and the boy who defied the rules.
My Author Is Dead by Michel Bruneau is a deeply gripping Kafka-esque story that explores social divisions and injustices, love, and defying the rules. The story's opening is a sure way to draw the reader in, eagerly waiting to see how Adam landed in his current dilemma. The central character's unique take on the way of life around him and beyond is one of the story's main hooks. Even in his darkest hours, Adam's unique look at things never fails to lighten the mood for the reader. Michel Bruneau used an engaging sense of humour and cynicism to infuse some light into the gloom that formed the general mood of the story. The narrator's words paint a good picture of what he was up against, perfectly capturing the settings and emotions, and making it effortless for the reader to visualise it all.