Apr 7, 2016

Rarity from the Hollow Review and Giveaway

  by ROBERT EGGLETON  

book review rating 4 out of 5

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage—she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn't mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

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Gazing out of my window into the vast darkness of the sky, I am struck by the brilliance of tonight's full moon—tonight's blue moon. Which coincidentally is the perfect ambiance to compose my review because once in a figurative blue moon, I enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone to read a genre that I normally wouldn't. Sometimes I greatly regret it and wonder, Why must you be so curious? This time though, I have few regrets, for I found Rarity from the Hollow, by Robert Eggleton, to deliver an entertaining acerbic satire of modern society, whilst still gently reminding us of many core values.

Rarity from the Hollow is a children's story for adults. It is a speculative fiction that touches on supernatural, fantastical, and futuristic elements, to create a darkly comedic novel that focuses on tough social issues such as domestic violence and sexually and emotional abuse. I would caution that this is not a light read, and not for the faint of heart. I tend to shy away from books that are so emotionally heavy. But, I was intrigue and stepping out of my comfort zone, remember? Plus, I was promised that this ends well.

For Lacy Dawn, life in The Hollow is challenging. With an abusive father, a nearly invisible mother, and a dead best friend, she’s certainly seen more than her share of tragedies. Things begin to look up for her after she befriends DotCom—a semi-organic robot who helps her “cure” her parents. In exchange, he wants her to save the Universe.

The story is captivating from the start with a very real and jaw-dropping conversation between Lacy Dawn and Faith (said dead best friend). This immediately sets the tone of the story and paves the way for many mature topics that are woven intimately, albeit convolutedly, throughout. Mr. Eggleton offsets some of the heaviness with moments of humor, love, and kindness through Lacy Dawn's adventures. More importantly, I like the strength that Lacy Dawn exhibits as she grows into a young lady. She represents a profound story of "victimization to empowerment."

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

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{ I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to the author for giving me an opportunity to review this title. }