Book Review — Amanojaku by Damien Lutz
I recently read Amanojaku by Damien Lutz, and because you’re such super readers this review will be completely spoiler-free. No, no. No need to thank me. I won’t hear of it. Unless you prefer to do it in the form of cash. Who am I to stop you from showing appreciation?
In the futuristic city of Brulle, Andre Cross works as a lowly technician on a farm that produces a legal drug called Nuera, which seems to make the world go ‘round. His every waking thought is filled with getting to Anchora, a place above the city reserved for the upper crust of society.
The only thing preventing him from moving forward is the constant turmoil caused by his inner demons. Some of which he’s had his entire life while others have been injected there through other means.
I’ve read enough books, watched enough movies and television, and played enough video games that I’m pretty good at knowing what’s coming. When someone makes me think I know what’s going to happen, and then changes the rules on me, I take notice. Lutz did that several times.
Along with keeping me guessing, Amanojaku is full of characters and personalities that I grew a connection with. In fact, for days after beginning the novel I walked around with one character’s voice in my head. “Stay in the front room, Boss.” Read it. You’ll understand.
An added treat to the eBook was the occasional link that sent me to Lutz’ website to view a piece of digital art, or a mock corporate website that tied directly into the world Amanojaku created. I haven’t seen many books with added digital content, so it was a nice touch.
If you’ve read Amanojuka, leave me your take in the comments below.