4 out of 4 stars
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After the unjust incarceration of Gary Jackson for the murder of Michelle, Gary vowed to seek justice for Michelle. He felt the real perpetrator of the murder needed to atone for his sin. The Futility of Vengeance by Adam Guest, a melodramatic sequel to Worldlines, engages the readers in the life of Gary after his trial, how he has been coping with paying for a crime he didn’t commit. How would he be able to get justice for Michelle while he’s still in prison?
Everyone but Gary and Sinead has come to terms with accepting that Michelle was murdered in cold blood by Gary at Sinead’s birthday party. Maybe it’s because they are yet to fully understand the possibility of one to be possessed by his doppelganger from another timeline through lucid dreaming. Gary’s prison experience didn’t seem to make his condition favourable. It’s either he was avoiding petty attacks from other prisoners, or he was mulling over the banters that he received for denying killing his girlfriend. Since the ‘Many Worlds’ postulate supports every outcome to every scenario, most other Garys were living their normal lives without experiencing either the death of Michelle or the jail term that he was serving. After numerous attempts at lucid dreaming, Gary finally gets hold of whom he believed to be the murderer and attempts a spiteful act on him.
Reading this book was worth the time spent. I appreciated the introduction of more timelines than there were in the prequel to this book. For a book that traverses through different timelines, it had just the right number of characters to reduce ambiguity on the side of the reader. Considering that the possibility of having a multiverse can’t be ruled out, I can say that Adam Guest observed this in his story. He ensured that there weren’t substantial changes in the lives of the characters in the multiverse. The friendship between Gary, Sinead and Michelle was maintained in all the available timelines. It shows the high level of preference for coherence over a convoluted plotline.
Not that it’s so grave, the only downside of this book is that it got to become repetitive at some point. Some of the events occurred multiple times than I expected. I felt Sinead’s pain each time she received the news that her mom was dead. This scene played out over three times in the book. I don’t think much could be done on the author’s side, so I do not blame him.
I can say that the book was professionally edited as I found only two grammatical errors. Another round of proofreading would clear it off. I rate The Futility of Vengeance 4 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing that I disliked about this book that could have made me deny it a perfect rating. This narrative is not only suitable for adults but also recommended to teens as there isn’t any sexual activity beyond kissing.
The Futility of Vengeance
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