This was quite a roller coaster ride. Siglar has really grown as a writer, compared to his earlier stuff, like Infected and Contagious. We start with an unknown man seeking refuge in the middle of the night and being turned away from the door of a friend. Then, he turns up dead. But, not just dead, half eaten.
Then, we move to the story of 12 year old boy, bullied at home by his mother, and bullied after school by three evil classmates. Who has very strange dreams–he’s hunting the bullies.
And a detective, who is investigating the first guy’s killing, who is also having similar, strange dreams.
At this point, Siglar gives us a taste of what they’re dreaming. Oh, did I say dreams? Make that nightmares.
The story leads to a homeless man imprisoned by seeming monsters, a boy king, Sly the snake man, Pierce the dog man, and First Born, the man who will kill to be king.
It’s a long, convoluted story, but it all comes together in the end on the pirate ship (I never did figure that one out), with much blood, many monsters, resolution of the xyz chromosomes (another good twist), and… the seeds of a sequel. Can’t wait.