Fiction - Anthology
288 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2024
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Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Unreal by Jason Mandel is a collection of short stories that explore various themes such as family dynamics, moral conflicts, and the complexities of the human mind. The stories offer tense moments in courtrooms, treasure hunts that bring family members together, and sinister tales of people who snapped and turned murderous. It features a man who attends therapy to treat his hallucinations, a heartwarming reunion of old soulmates, and a story about acceptance and love. The book offers suspenseful tales about cryptocurrency theft that takes an unexpected turn, a pickpocketing incident that turns dire, and a friendship between a girl and a bird that leads to the unraveling of an unsolved case. It also includes stories about secret societies, life-or-death jury verdicts, transformed school bullies, and many more enjoyable tales.

Unreal is a thought-provoking collection filled with captivating stories that seamlessly blend reality with extraordinary and paranormal elements. Jason Mandel showcases his storytelling prowess and ability to create vivid imagery and unexpected plot twists. The book provides readers with an engaging read, and the incorporation of moral lessons adds depth to the narratives. It also features an interactive element. You can have fun trying to identify the real story among the fictitious ones and find digital Easter eggs at the end of every tale. The stories are well-written with intriguing characters and settings. Each tale presents a new cast and storyline, keeping the reader anticipating and eager to discover each new offering. The unique blend of genres will spark your imagination and tug at your heartstrings. Overall, Unreal is an enjoyable read that offers both entertainment and introspection. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves intriguing short stories.