The Lemony-Fresh Apocalypse

Fiction - Thriller - Environmental
485 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Sludge: The Lemony-Fresh Apocalypse is a work in the dystopian, science fiction, and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and is penned by Bayla Dornon. In this fascinating tale of biochemical disaster and the fragility of humanity in the face of desperate survival, we find ourselves in a world where everything we know and rely upon has collapsed. Without petroleum, power, or most of the men, a band of survivors in Los Angeles takes it upon themselves to battle the mutating bacteria that threatens to wipe them all out. Can they save themselves and humanity in the process?

Bayla Dornon has crafted a fantastic work of high drama and full-on action adventure that will tickle anyone who enjoys a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at our current and future political state. The result has a witty undertone, which speaks volumes about human nature and our desperate need for survival, and this plays out well alongside the more serious aspects of the plot. One of the major highlights for me was the dialogue, which leaped off the pages with a fresh zeal and gave the ethos and energy of each new arrival to the ensemble cast. It felt nicely balanced between cinematic dialogue and how real people speak in these chaotic situations. Overall, I highly recommend Sludge: The Lemony-Fresh Apocalypse as a fun dystopian adventure that’s well-penned, poignant, and memorable long after you set it down.