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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Bystander is a work of dystopian and conceptual fiction that was penned for adult readers by author Harry Wolden. Set in a speculative near-future where Time itself becomes the new enemy and cause for warfare, we see what happens to the human race when Time stops for them and the world around them. As devastation looms, new sects and groups emerge and tribal warfare based on creed and color reigns once more. A small group of villagers yearns for the old ways and normal life and a land that was once called Canada offers hope of a fresh start, if only they can make it there.
Author Harry Wolden has created a fascinating concept in this relatively short and highly enjoyable read. The concept of stopping time is one which we often see in far-off realms of fantasy fiction, and to see it brought into a modern and contemporary story with real racial, cultural and social implications is a fresh viewpoint that’s very interesting to read. Combing an adventure journey novel with conceptual speculative fiction elements, Wolden keeps us grounded in reality by using realistically portrayed characters, and figures both good and bad whose behavior we can already relate to through how we see people react to war and crisis in the media today. What results is a superb and intelligent read that is sure to capture modern drama and dystopian fans alike, and I’d highly recommend The Bystander to any reader looking to break out of their usual box.