I recently read a riveting novel by the talented Jonathan D. Clark. You can read my review below:
Strap yourself in for a dark and twisted ride through the human psyche.
At its surface, Arcadia is a tale of the post-apocalyptic life, but lying just beneath that top layer is an in-depth journey into the human condition and how after the world essentially ends we are driven to follow our darkest desires. Dig even deeper and you’ll realize Arcadia is a commentary on humanity’s failures as a species, especially in regard to our violent tendencies. There is so much depth to this novel it will take several reads for me to fully dissect it, and even then I’m sure I won’t find everything.
Jonathan D. Clark is a brilliant story teller. Arcadia is both entertaining and surprising. It’s unpredictable in the best way possible. Clark gives you pieces of the puzzle along the way and you’ll have to discover where they fit. Arcadia is anything but ordinary, it’s extraordinary.
At times Arcadia reminds me of something akin to Silence of the Lambs mixed with the unique, surprising elements of a Philip K. Dick story, topped off with a lyrical, poetic style similar to legendary writers of the past such as F Scott Fitzgerald.
Clark’s exceptional artistic ability is showcased in Arcadia. His writing style is outside of the typical but dive in and you’ll find yourself pouring over the intricate imagery and insightful characterization as you weave together all the pieces to find yourself mesmerized by Clark’s understanding of the human condition. Simply put, this novel will blow your mind. It’ll have you questioning reality, all the way to the end. The story is engaging and fascinating. It’s definitely worth a read!
Now I’ll leave with this, two of my favorite excerpts from the novel which showcase Clark’s incredible talent as a writer:
“The past is only a dream, one which we look back upon with fond regret—hoping to fall asleep and relive it; making the false promise to ourselves that we’ll never let the fleeting moment pass us by a second time.”
“He even eventually took to recreating scenes of social interaction with the corpses of his former fellow soldiers, all of them having lost the will to live and (one by one) ate the barrel of their own firearm; the haunting echo of each well-placed pull of the trigger laughing at him whenever his mind found itself without a preoccupied thought.”
Arcadia is available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2lTZl85