Author: Kat Mellon
Release: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Tarsier Publishing
Surprise, Kat! You didn’t even know I had a copy of Creation. Well, the truth is, I bought it for Kindle yesterday and read the whole thing from start to finish today. And now, on top of that, it’s review time.
For those who don’t know, Kat Mellon is a writing friend of mine. We don’t necessarily go way back, but she was one of the first fellow authors that was sort of “on board” with me when I started really trying to get on my feet. We’ve exchanged writer tips and the occasional promotion link, but I want this review to come as a little surprise to her. Seriously, she has no idea I’m doing this.
So, on to the book. I honestly had no idea what to expect going in. Early on, you’ll be introduced to the world of Creation, where those dedicated to the arts spend their days working and taking inspiration from each other. They’re in a huge communal complex and don’t know anything else, but they can imagine. They imagine real, ordinary concepts and then put them down, whether it be through writing, art, theater or whatever else their talents might be.
Still, there’s a strict code keeping them from going too far. The “Head of Focus” decides what concepts the Creators can and cannot work on; the Exhaustion Hounds lurk at their feet, sniffing out the moment they lose the strength to keep working. Even looking in a mirror is taboo. Any mistake or violation gets them sent off to the Community, a dreaded place from which nobody ever comes back.
Why are they here? What do the Head of Focus and his crew do with the heaps of Creations that they take away daily? Nobody is allowed to question this–and most Creators don’t want to question it. But Wessely, a painter, starts to seek the truth and become human again, and drags the protagonist Jessica along with him. Together, the two of them search for the purpose behind this place, and the mythical outside world.
It’s a very short little book–the print edition is barely 100 pages–but in that space we get a journey full of meaning and growth. Kat manages to stuff in loads of quaint little details, and has a knack for describing everyday things in a way that makes them seem new and even unfamiliar (which they are to the characters). As I said, I read it all in a day, and still had time to write the review up. I’m a slow reader and lack concentration, so getting me to sit down and finish it off is a real feat! And it’s not even in a genre I usually like! Hats off to you, Kat.
If this sounds like something you can get into too, do my friend a favor and go buy her book. It’s worth it.