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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Yewberry Way: Book I – Prayer is a work of fiction in the dystopia, interpersonal drama, and science fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience owing to scenes of violence and dark themes. Penned by author Jack Gist, this series-opener novel introduces us to a highly atmospheric dystopian world where The System rules all with a cool, emotionless touch. The powerful base human desires have all been swept under the rug, left to run riot in the hazardous Wastelands. When Dr. Yew Uket finds herself on the trail of a mysterious stranger, she gathers a group of rebellious outcasts to track down a prophecy that may change the world as they know it.
Author Jack Gist has a deep commitment to creating a unique, immersive, and detailed world in this stellar sci-fi and fantasy series. Mashing together popular mythologies with a gritty dystopian setting is a tall order, but the longer you spend in Gist’s world of mechanical beasts and feral fae folk, the more fascinating it all becomes. I loved the rag-tag approach to the central ensemble cast, who each have their moments to shine in well-crafted, distinct dialogue and cinematic description of their heroics and occasional theatrics. The drama is high, shifting gears between romantic subplots, tests of character, and vistas of post-apocalyptic action that keep the suspense rolling right up to the novel’s harrowing and thought-provoking climax. Overall, The Yewberry Way: Book I – Prayer is a recommended read for dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy fans looking for something that turns all those genres upside down.