Published by Tor Nightfire (2.21.2023)
Genres: Adult, Horror
Format: Audiobook, 265 pages
Length: 8 hours, 54 minutes
Narrator: Arielle DeLisle, Katherine Littrell, Lindsey Dorcus
To survive they must evolve.
A virus tears across the globe, transforming its victims in nightmarish ways. As the world collapses, dark forces pull a small group of women together.
Erin, once quiet and closeted, acquires an appetite for a woman and her brain. Why does forbidden fruit taste so good?
Savannah, a professional BDSM switch, discovers a new turn-on: committing brutal murders for her eldritch masters.
Mareva, plagued with chronic tumors, is too horrified to acknowledge her divine role in the coming apocalypse, and as her growths multiply, so too does her desperation.
Inspired by her Bram Stoker Award-winning story “Magdala Amygdala,” Lucy A. Snyder delivers a cosmic tale about the planet’s disastrous transformation ... and what we become after.
T h e.
F U C K.
did I just read?!
I don’t even know how to properly rate this book. This was 10/10 the weirdest, most disturbing book I’ve ever read in my life. It started off fairly normal – a pandemic sweeps across the nation and changes life as everyone knows it (much like COVID) – but then shit starts getting certifiably fucked. It was morbidly fascinating, though (in the way a train wreck is, you just can’t look away lol). I was horribly disturbed for the majority of this book, but there were some scenes that outright grossed me out. I’m not usually one to be bothered by body horror – I can watch movies like Saw without batting an eyelash – but this book was just so over the top that I literally gagged a couple of times. (I have now discovered that I do, in fact, have a limit.) The way Snyder describes things makes them so visceral. Some things were actually a bit too much for me. I briefly considered putting it down at one point because it was waaay too much. View Spoiler »The tongue-with-teeth brainfucking-the-deep-cortex scene almost made me quit this book altogether O__O « Hide Spoiler
Some of the sexual content was also too much for me. I’m not particularly a fan of smut to begin with, and tend to avoid books with sexual content because I don’t care to read it; mainly because the way most sex scenes are written doesn’t appeal to me (i.e. ‘throbbing member’ and ‘swollen bud’ and some such nonsense, gtfoh lmaooo). In this book, the snuff and fetish sex crossed a line for me at times.
There wasn’t much of a plot in this book, which is covered up by the sheer shock value of the over-the-top, descriptive gore and horror. The lack of plot and direction didn’t particularly bother me while I was listening, because I was so focused on being disturbed to my very core that I didn’t notice until I finished.
What a wild ride, ya’ll.
Writing style: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 3/5