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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The End Times Explorer is a dramatic work of surreal exploration penned by author Jukka Tuisku. Borrowing from the weird worlds of authors like H. P. Lovecraft and William Blake, this bizarre journey of fiction hinges on the philosophical considerations of the future of the human race, and the situation of ignorance that we often find ourselves in. Our narrator takes in the world with a distorted and paranoid view, suspecting darkness everywhere and failure at every corner. Whether this doomsday prophecy comes true or not, what results is a deeply psychological journey of discovery and attempted resurrection and awakening.
As a huge fan of both Blake and Lovecraft, I really appreciated author Jukka Tuisku’s treatment of the dark subject matter of the conceptual (and sometimes literal) monsters that the world pits us against. I did find the narrative difficult to follow in places but the disjointed effect somewhat suits the overall feeling of doom that the novel gives us. The plot unfolds rapidly with new settings and concepts in every chapter, rocketing us towards discovery at a breakneck pace. As a result, most of the conceptual thinking takes place at the very end, where the conclusions of this dark adventure are well summarized and well presented. Overall, The End Times Explorer is not a book that will suit all readers, but those seeking surrealism, wry humor, inventive narrative techniques, and a truly unique read will not be disappointed by it.