I’m a sucker for book sales and bundles. I’m also a huge fan of reading books written by authors I’ve never heard of. This story was part of the latest Halloween themed offering simply titled “Fear”, based on this book I think it’s going to be a good one. I actually stumbled across the storybundle.com website a few years ago (that’s where I got my copy of Annie’s first book, Taking on the Dead).
I, Death centers around the dramatic life of a teenager as he comes to grips with the fact that his life is anything but normal. All around Peter, ever since he was born, he was surrounded by death.
The book is divided into a couple of sections: the first is written in the form of a blog, tackles following Peter as he deals with the break-up of his high school sweetheart. The blog was started with the encouragement of the guidance counselor to help communicate his thoughts if he didn’t want to talk about them with his Aunt and Uncle. We follow along with his sadness from the relationship as it leads to the death that has surrounded his life. The rest of the book is told in a regular narrative, moving the story along at a good pace while various evildoers attempt to locate Peter for their own purposes, we’re introduced to a few of them as part of prolog so it’s not too much of a spoiler.
As the story progresses through Peter’s final year of high school we’re introduced to his favorite course, English. Mark Leslie uses this fact to name drop all of his friends who have written books that he thinks you might like.
What I liked:
- The second half of the book. The pacing and detail were incredible as Peter finds himself dealing with his life once he realizes what kind of power he actually might possess. While it may have been a short part of the whole novel, only encompassing the last 70 pages of the book, it seemed to be the most engaging.
- The many different ways that the author managed to kill people through the story. I don’t know that there were two that were the same. Whether they were killed in a traditional stabbing after an attack, or if they died of more natural causes, there is always a fresh take on their end.
What I disliked:
- While reading a story detailed as a series of blog entries from a teenager deals with his ever-changing body, may seem like a fun thing to do it can be tedious trying to pull information out of it while trying to read between the angst-ridden lines. The pacing of the story gets thrown off while Peter takes 2 or 3 posts to talk about an event that happened at the school.
- The ‘internet commenters’ on the blog posts didn’t seem to provide much in the way of pushing the story forward. While some did contribute a sense of normalcy, most seemed to be added as a way to show that this was a blog that people commented on.