It has been fifty years since the first Harvest. Hideous creatures, lethal and lightning-fast, were sown into the beds of Earth’s oceans eons ago. Now every year, in service to a mad god, they rise from the depths and hunt humans.
Man hides underground in fear of the Harvesters. But he is also sought by other predators: the robots that for years were his companions are now driven to exterminate him in a warped mission of mercy.
In a race against time, a group of humans cross the United States in a desperate plot to destroy the Harvesters before the next cycle. As if psychotic robots, lobotomized cops and flesh-eating nomads weren’t enough of a challenge, they may just invoke the wrath of the ancient god itself..
I’m going to be perfectly honest here. I did not read the synopsis to The Harvest Cycle before I started reading it, thus I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be about. There are many books out there that one can go into completely blind and be totally clear as to what is going on. For me, this was not one of those books. After reading several chapters, I finally broke down and went to Goodreads to get the summary about what this book was about….OH! NOW I GET IT! There was just something that wasn’t clicking with me up until I had a general idea of what was supposed to be going one.
Now, let me say that I DO NOT think this is a flaw in the author’s writing. It is more a difference in what I am used to and familiar with reading. The Harvest Cyclemade me think a bit more to follow along with who was doing what and why.
The Harvest Cycleconsists of quite a few characters. I won’t go into each individually, but I will touch on, for lack of a better term, the various species. First we have the Harvesters who are demon type creatures sent to do their Master’s (aka Nightmare) bidding. That errand being killing humans. Then we have the Others, the Others have quite an interesting roll in this world and while at first I questioned what I was reading…eventually I accepted and enjoyed greatly what was offered to me. Lastly, in Mr Dunwoody’s world there are three types of humans: Undreamers, who consists of those who have avoided the Harvesters by having a surgical procedure done. The Dreamers, who have refused to undergo this surgery and thus take their chances being caught by the Harvesters. Both of these types of humans live underground. The final type of human are the cannibals and they are just that…they hunt both the dreamers and the undreamers for their meals.
Filled with intense action and graphic description this is unlike any apocalyptic tale I have ever read. David Dunwoody has introduced us to a unique and intriguing world that will set your teeth on edge as you make your way from the underground into the light. No one is safe in this world, no one can rest. Even when that moment of quiet does come about and our protagonists are about to catch a moments rest…their dreams are not of peaceful slumber, but of Nightmares.
If you enjoy a mental mind fuck, then David Dunwoody’s The Harvest Cycle is absolutely the book for you!
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Espresso rating: Double with a splash of milk