by Wilbert Stanton
Publication date: May 27th 2014
Source: Received a complimentary copy from
the author in exchange for an honest review
New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.
Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.
On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.
The Artful is a good story about a futuristic post-apocalyptic New York with it’s distinct types of characters broken down into their own castes. There are the rich Tower Babies who have never been forced to deal with the reality outside of their tower. There is The Tribe, a nomadic group of what one might consider to be hippies. They have a cause they’re fighting for, but they’re also full of peace within their unit. There are several other groups, but I won’t go into detail about all of them. Our main characters, Dodger and Twist, are Gutter Punks; common street thugs turned Robin Hoods for their people. They’re skilled at breaking into the tower to steal much needed medications and other things to keep their folks safe and somewhat healthy, considering they live underground like rats. But they didn’t count on being caught by a bunch of Suits who would turn their world upside down. The clock is ticking to save Dodge from a virus they inject him with. The Suits want something one of their group stole in order to provide the cure… but will they find it in time?
The Artful pretty much hits dead center for me. I didn’t love it or hate it. I really enjoy post-apocalyptic and dystopian tales so I was sold the minute I saw the cover and read the synopsis. The premise is fantastic and parts of the story had me super excited about what might happen. The action sequences had me holding my breath, and the characters are well fleshed out, too. What kept me from really loving the story was the pacing. There were excessive amounts of detail in places that didn’t require it, and some repetition which slowed things down for me. With these two things cleaned up a bit, I would have raced through this story. This debut author is definitely a diamond in the rough, and I will certainly be checking out more of his work in the future.
~About the Author~
Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.
Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.
In the end world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.
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