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REVIEW: “Fallocaust” by Quil Carter

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ABOUT:

Over two hundred and thirty years ago the Fallocaust happened, killing almost everything that lived and creating what is now known as the greywastes. A dead wasteland where cannibalism is a necessity, death your reality, and life before the radiation nothing but pictures in dog-eared magazines.

Reaver is a greywaster, living in a small block controlled by a distant ruler said to have started the Fallocaust. He is a product of the savage world he was raised in and prides himself on being cold and cruel. Then someone new to his town catches his eye, someone different than everyone else. Without knowing why he starts to silently stalk him, unaware of where it will lead him.

Author’s Note: Fallocaust has now been edited by a professional editor. The second edition is now live as of May 18th 2014.

REVIEW:

It could have been so easy for me to play the cool hypercritical reviewer by picking apart out everything that’s wrong with this beast of a book. But I’m not, as popularity for Fallocaust grows – and believe me it will – there will be someone else to dissect and eviscerate facets of this novel. I hate them already, but only because I won’t be able to argue against their points by saying more than: yeah but so what, it’s still sooo good, the author is only young and it’s his debut novel – so come on, it’s self published, give him a break – suspend your belief just a little, this story and it’s characters get under your skin to make your heart race like a racehorse and leave your palms all sweaty – it’s that good. If that doesn’t win the argument I’ll just say: fuck off, I don’t care what you think anyway; to which I will then stomp off while pouting appropriately. I love this book with it’s flaws and all, I love it. And it’s not just me, at present Fallocaust has earned nothing but praise (fist bump to all like minded depravity lovers!) and currently boasts an overall current rating of 4.65 Stars on Goodreads because the 75 readers who have read and rated it obviously don’t care about the trivial editing issues, not when the content is so damn intoxicating.

You have to know that Fallocaust is not for everyone, (see Tracy’s reasons in the link below) it’s harsh, uncompromising and heinously gory, with rape, cannibalism, psychopaths, copious amounts of opiates and acts of torture so vile I guarantee you you will experience extreme and prolonged bouts internal screaming. Nothing is fade to black, you get to experience it all right there and then! You can understand why I love it so much.

This is dark dystopian set 250 years after the Fallocaust (nuclear annihilation) happened. The world is an ugly bloody carcass of it’s former self and life for humans is dangerous and …temporary. Reaver is our resident psychopath/sociopath, whatever …he’s just really bad, but he’s also seriously sexy – so whatever he does is fine with me. And yes, there is a softer more tempered side to him that can only be brought out by the new(ish) guy on the block – Killian. Killian is light to Reaver’s dark, his conscience when he doesn’t have one, his one and only …something, his blah blah blah … you think you know how it goes but, ha! No, you do NOT! And I freaking LOVE that. This is not a sweet predictable romance my friends; yes it’s unconditional and fierce, but jesus, it has it’s own rules and consequences which will keep you turning pages way into the early hours to figure them out.

I’m not going into the plot because I’ll spoil it for you but there is so much here: thrilling action, excitement, chilling revelations and situations within the constantly unravelling plot, original characters that do the unexpected, characters you will love and hate and then love again. I loved how the author so nonchalantly incorporates cannibalism like it’s as easy as eating potatoes; it’s gory but not for the sake of it, it has purpose. No longer does a good boy get a can of something special for a treat, he is the something special in a can! But people are starving, they have nothing else to eat so a can of tender Good Boy goes a long way. It’s insane, but it’s horrifyingly credible.

Told in dual POV by Killian and Reaver this sometimes reads like a horror story but at the same time there are laughs and there is hope. The writing at first, feels amateurish but it gets better as the author’s skill develops and we are rewarded with some great lines like this:

He could see the white dusts of ash rimming the trunks like snow drifts, coating the bark like fingers dipped in cocaine; even the darkest black was touched with grey.

Intriguing characters and the games of an immortal King who turned this world into the greywastes is what gives this book the meat and bones it needs to carry this series beyond the relationship. The fantastical element brings a fresh and always unpredictable twists to the plot. “Like pieces of a fucked up puzzle” it all comes together but not completely, not yet. I have questions about the credibility of some aspects of life and technology that could truly last 250 years after a nuclear annihilation but I’m happy to suspend my belief until I get an explanation for all the gameboys that miraculously still work when mine didn’t last five years.

This has huge potential to be something truly unforgettable, I mean, it already is to me but I’m just nervous to see how it’s all going to play out in the future. This is one of the most exciting books I’ve read all year and I really want everyone to read it but I’ll warn you and say there is a cliffhanger ending and it is extremely dark. The next book in the series is not far from being completed but you have Breaking Jade a companion book to the series to keep you enraptured in this crazy world and perhaps fill in some answers for you too. I hope you take a chance with this one and when you do, just give it a chance to …settle. You will be rewarded :)

 

RATING:  4.5 STARS

OTHER OPINIONS:

Tracy: DNF

BOOK INFO:

Title: Fallocaust
Author: Quil Carter
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 902
Release Date: 14 February 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon.com, Kobo, Amazon U.K

13 comments on “REVIEW: “Fallocaust” by Quil Carter

  1. LegeArtis
    July 13, 2014

    :lurks out of depths of depravity to fist bump and share the love for Fallocaust:

    Great review, Shelley! I love it with all of its imperfections and flaws.

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    • shelley
      July 13, 2014

      Oh my little depravity twin, how happy I am that you pointed me this way. Thank you!

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  2. ilhem3606
    July 13, 2014

    902 pages? My! It’s going to be a perfect summer read. :D

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    • shelley
      July 13, 2014

      Ooh Ilhem!!! I can’t wait to see what you make of this ;)

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  3. katinka
    July 13, 2014

    This IS a beast of a book! For which alone I’m so relieved for you that you loved it! You totally piqued my interest and I’ll get to it soonish. I’m really glad that you took the time to read it BTW, proof at last that this book is genuinely good and worth a read. In this regard, when it comes to this….

    “currently boasts an overall current rating of 4.65 Stars on Goodreads because the 75 readers who have read and rated it obviously don’t care about the trivial editing issues”

    Spectacular indeed. Though the extremely high average rating should probably taken with a grain of salt. This book unfortunately suffers from sock puppet antics. I have flagged several fake reviews/ listopia spamming over the last few weeks. Several of these reviews Goodreads has already taken care of, some they still have to look into..and unfortunately, new 5 star reviews are still popping up for Fallocaust and other works by this author. Such a shame, because your review shows that this book doesn’t need to rely on sock puppets to be rated favorably.

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    • shelley
      July 13, 2014

      That puts a bad taste in my mouth, I’m so naive to these things and just take the ratings at face value because I know not everyone writes a review but that kind of promotion is unacceptable and frankly pisses me off! I’m so pleased you pointed that out Kat, but like you said: there is no need for it, the book does well enough on it’s own merit and unfortunately readers in the ‘know’ will be turned away from such scams.

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      • TracyTG
        July 13, 2014

        Yeah, I noticed the listopia list spamming too. It’s too bad since it adds a layer of orchestration that is overly-intentional and can give a book a bad rep.

        I’m glad it worked better for you. I hope people who don’t like really extreme violence will heed the warnings. I still find the issue of race and the rats confusing. I wish the author went into more detail there.

        I’ll watch out for your reviews of the sequels!

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        • shelley
          July 13, 2014

          We did get some further insight about ravers later on in the novel when Reaver has a run in with them but the rats are never quite fully explained, not yet anyways. It’s like their entire being is insignificant and trivial and the author treats them as such. I’m not sure, but I hope we get some back story on how they came to be food.

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          • LegeArtis
            July 14, 2014

            As I figured it out, ravers are actually humans (arians) that never got chip or lost it, so they are compromised by radiation and gone crazy. Rats are born wrong, they are already mutated… Official story we got to read in Fallocaust is that rats started to appear in graywastes years after sestic radiation pulse. In BJ, though, it’s subtly implied they are actually made in SkyTech labs, like experiment gone wrong and then just let loose in graywastes… If you ask me, I believe they actually mixed human and rat dna (hence the skin color) for fun, or whatever… Then they figured i out they can have use of them anyway, so they made them into food for graywasters or other, bigger SkyTech abominations. Nobody in Skyfall is eating them… they eat regular food, even in Moros which is the lowest district.

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          • TracyTG
            July 15, 2014

            The thing that weirds me out with the rats is that they are bound and gagged when given to the dogs to eat. To me, that seems like something you do to people that you don’t want to flee, and less to animals. I didn’t get the vibe that the rats were like animals-animals, but they were treated by the society like that. That, coupled with the terms for the regular people, “arians”, reminiscent of the terms for European Caucasians, and it just made me feel really uncomfortable, even beyond the violence.

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  4. Sue
    July 13, 2014

    Shellleeeeeyyy, I need to read this immediately. You’ve tipped me off on books I never would have considered and it seems that this is one of those. And a must read for me.

    Dark and completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve been waiting for something like this. *fistbump*

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    • shelley
      July 13, 2014

      You will really, really like this one Sue. I said to Lege that it’s like the ugly little brother of ICOS, which is totally a compliment for those not in the ICOS know. So yeah, you will like :)

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  5. Xing
    July 14, 2014

    Shelley, this review made my heart flutter. *goes to read immediately*

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