By strange, I mean an ebook that's outright weird and confusing.
Have I mentioned I love oddities?
After the author of this one contacted me, it took me about two seconds to decide I had to read it. It was obviously not your normal piece of fiction, it caused my brain to explode with question marks, and I instantly felt as though it was a piece of a puzzle that had to be solved.
What is this senseless babbling about, you ask?
|Cover art by Tyler Edlin|
I'm talking about Wednesdaymeter by Dean Carnby, an urban fantasy that will keep you on your toes.
So what's it about?
New Bensonville is a mundane city that thrives on conformist ideals. It's a place in which conformity is the primary focus, meant to keep citizens in check - and safe. Most people go through life in blissful ignorance, recognizing that they have everything that they need, and have no desire for more. Others, though, escape this tedious life through fruit use. Fruits and vegetables possess the ability to magically enhance the world for their users. In this altered reality, a person can move free from the restrictions of daily conformity and become capable of fantastic feats. One only needs to keep an eye out for the Polygons.
The Polygons are the hidden rulers of New Bensonville, and are responsible for the population's strict adherence to conformity, which keeps the city from dissolving into chaos. A group of people that call themselves Verdant Dawn, on the other hand, are wielding potatoes and carrots in their fight against the evil Polygons.
Pearson, on the other hand, is just some poor guy that finds himself stuck in the middle of this battle. He's nothing special - not a fruit user, not a strict conformist. He's just... Pearson. Boring, detail oriented, passive Pearson.
But then he discovers that he has the ability to draw magical crosses using the colors that surround him, and borrows a friend's entire drawer of colorful panties in order to have a source to draw this power from (Hey! They're colorful, small, and easy to pack. Give the poor guy a break!). His world will never be the same...
See? I told you this book was odd!
To be honest, it took me a while to really understand what was happening in this story. The prologue was a crash test of sorts: It tested my ability to adapt to strange and unusual concepts. In my defense, I'm not used to talking about geometric shapes as though they are sentient. I'm not used to recognizing the evil inherent in an octagon... especially gray ones.
This isn't the easiest ebook to read, but it is a great one.
Wednesdaymeter is filled with philosophical undertones, examining the human mind and how it reacts to change. It also pays attention to how change affects society as a whole. In all seriousness, I highlighted several lines throughout the story, ensuring I'd remember them.
This ebook requires that you think.
I mean... duh. All books do that. This one goes a step further than most, however. There are quite a few quotable lines in this story, which means it has quite a few ideas within that make you want to delve deeper.
Just like the characters do.
Carnby takes the reader on a mental roller coaster, forcing them to focus not only on the story, but also on their own mind. While the world is completely fictitious, you can't help but examine real-world dynamics and reasoning.
And yearn to ride a pineapple...
Or arm yourself with an eggplant.
This is not your standard, run-of-the-mill "popular" fiction. This goes into an entirely different category. It's entirely unique, and you won't find anything similar in a bookstore. At least, I never have.
In a word: fantastic.
Read it. It won't be like anything else you've ever acquired, and that's a good thing.
Wednesdaymeter can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.