Saturday, August 23, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: "Blind Servitude" by David Chattaway
We are only as free as we want ourselves to be. So many self-help books have said this. We create our own prisons and our own limitations.
Rarely do those books ever really get the point across to hit home. Blind Servitude, a novella by David Chattaway, does what they can't: it makes you believe.
Humans have been driven from the surface of the Earth for generations, no one knowing exactly why. They are prisoners in the underground mines, where the only things one has to look forward to us either premature death or blindness.
The guards beat them, kill them and make work like dogs. They aren't even allowed BOOKS! (Yes, I find that to be the most horrific form of torture.)
When Eli, a young boy, loses his family (except for his father), his mysterious friend Peta helps him find passageways to try and save his family and bring them to safety, but does he gave the courage to fight for light and freedom?
Blind Servitude is a great story, with dystopian themes and a horror undertone, perhaps for readers thirteen and older. But adults, too, will love this book and find inspiration in its pages.
The characters are all so wonderfully real, even the bad guys, that you feel as if you're in the mines with them.
This is a breathless wonder of a book, one I hope gets revisited in the future.
Everyone should read this book!
Purchase Blind Servitude via:
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