The Book of Malachi

T.C. Farren. Titan, $14.95 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-78909-519-7
Farren’s thought-provoking and disturbing debut follows tortured characters who find solace in each other. For 15 years, Malachi Dakwaa has been wracked with survivor’s guilt and punishing himself both physically and emotionally for the deaths of his family and friends, who were murdered by the same guerrillas who cut out his tongue when he was 15 in South Africa. He accepts a job as a warden in a remote island prison for violent offenders in exchange for the promise of a new tongue from Frasier Pharmaceuticals, an American company that secretly runs the prison. The Frasier reps who hire Malachi believe his inability to speak and feigned illiteracy make him perfect for the job, imagining him to be unable to communicate with the prisoners. But Malachi is smart and compassionate, and when he learns the prison is being used as an organ farm, he realizes that Frasier is far more dangerous than the people locked up in the prison. The descriptions of Malachi’s self-harm and the vile conditions of the prison are visceral and stomach churning, but glimmers of hope save the story from total darkness and, though the rules of this dystopian world remain murky, readers will find it easy to root for both Malachi and the prisoners he befriends as they struggle against their circumstances. This striking horror novel is not for the faint of heart. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/31/2020
Release date: 10/13/2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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