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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Rogue Moon Dreamer by Rayo Scala tells the story of Ryker, a young man plagued with nightmares; he is a passionate pessimist. Ryker has seditious tendencies and hopes to make a difference as an activist, but the world is not kind to him. His dreams and nightmares tell of impending disaster for humanity and, distraught at the ways of humanity, Ryker gradually becomes a recluse. But can solitude bring inner peace or is his life headed toward doom? And can humanity find a solution to the malady that steers it to something worse?
Rayo Scala creates an unusual protagonist in Ryker and a setting that explores a society moving towards inhumane values. The protagonist seems to have lost faith in humanity. While he longs for reform, he finds himself in a state of lethargy, and secretly growing weed is a trait that tells a lot of his state of mind at the beginning of the story. The narrative is very symbolic and as Ryker uses his lucid dreaming technique to look into the future, the reader is compelled to reflect on human and social values. Ryker’s lucid dreams are wonderfully written, and in prose that is lyrical and rich in imagery. Character development is impeccably accomplished, and readers will be interested in the changes in Ryker’s life and his perception of humanity and the world around him.
While Rogue Moon Dreamer is a work of fiction, it has the realism that compels readers to think about life, humanity, and society; it is a novel with strong philosophical themes, social and political commentaries that are thought-provoking, and a protagonist whose journey invites readers to think about the role they play in making life better for themselves and others. A story with a strong, symbolic character, exquisite prose, and carefully crafted themes.