A futuristic post-apocalyptic, dystopian, mind-bending thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats. A completely wonderful sci-fi novel that overwhelms the senses. A feat of impossible imagination and a triumph of the sci-fi genre.
I have finally been able to immerse myself completely into William F. Aicher’s The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks this weekend and finish it! As a result of being slightly too sick to do anything but groan from the couch and communicate via grunts, Aicher’s triumph of storytelling was a balm to my slightly overheated soul. The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks tells the mind-bending thriller of a man, named David, who wakes up in confusion, unsure of the world he seems to be in and his memories of a different reality. It’s enough to give anyone an existential crisis. What follows is an adventure. A captivating adventure as we, as the readers, walk side-by-side with David in a post-apocalyptic world of fear, of ocean artificially created ocean serpents (which gave me actual nightmares, thanks Aicher), and well-thought-out characters who work to enhance David’s, and thus ours, understanding of the world that has become his reality.
Forcing us to question how the handling of our world can fundamentally be the ruination of humanity, Aicher delves deeper and forwards a narrative that touches on the moralistic facade of society; that is, greed, corruption, classism, and betrayal. It is much more than just a sci-fi novel, it is more of a commentary on our society through the lens of an amnesiac narrator and the way in which humans act when pushed into a corner.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Mr David S. Sparks was the writing itself. As the reader, you are walking alongside David on the journey – basically, it’s like your on his shoulder, witnessing what he observes, what he learns and the people along the way. It is a novel where the reader is not placed in the position of being omniscient or omnipresent because the narrator (who is David) is not an all-knowing entity. And that is one of the greatest elements which makes The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr David S. Sparks are thrilling, suspenseful and, excuse the language, bloody amazing sci-fi novel.
Now, I don’t want to go into any more detail, purely because I urge you to read this epic masterpiece of pure sci-fi goodness, so I am going to stop myself here. However, you can go here to purchase the book (either Kindle or paperback) from Amazon and here to check out the author, William F. Aicher, on Twitter!
I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend (Happy Easter and Passover, friends)! Till next time, happy reading!