The Knowing

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The Knowing: A thrilling horror fantasy

Last Free Dates: 30th Oct 17 to 3rd Nov 17
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...This will probably appeal to YA paranormal readers more than horror as, despite the promising start, there's little here to provoke a truly visceral reaction....

This had a really great premise: wireless technology was causing brain lesions and psychosis so different countries have reacted in different ways – the UK have shut down cellphone networks, the USA are locking up the victims and denying there is a problem… In areas where it is turned off, a side effect has arisen, as it interfered with psychic abilities. In the same way someone wearing weight packs builds up strength when they take the weights off, strong psychic and magical abilities emerge. This effect and its consequences are explored throughout the book, and are probably the best part of it.

This book isn’t really horror. It is closer to urban paranormal, with a dose of dark humour that makes it difficult to take seriously. Despite the promising start and all the dire threats of magic gone wrong by loc 2600 of 4000 I was still waiting for this to earn the tag of horror, rather than an interesting paranormal mystery.

While I appreciate good world-building, it started to feel like I’d been reading for a while. I was stunned to see I was over halfway through the book and it still felt as though the plot hadn’t really begun. Rather than a building menace, there were a serious/of isolated events, happening and dealt with separately. There was rarely a feeling that the protagonists were in real danger, more that they had been inconvenienced, and no one died making the enemy lack real threat.

The use of her Majesty the Queen as a major character throughout is interesting. It does push it towards real-person fanfic, especially given her prominent role in defeating the plot, although I would love to know what she thinks of this sort of thing.

It is a three. This will probably appeal to YA paranormal readers more than horror as, despite the promising start, there’s little here to provoke a truly visceral reaction.

Rating: 3
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