In a society where people will do anything for power and influence, and others will do what it takes to survive, a group of skateboarders from New Manhattan strives to live normally among the chaos of NYC. They ignore the oppressive effects of climate change while boldly confronting the brutal, bloody murder that turned their lives upside down.
Cruel Summer: By Bernard Jan
Seventeen-year-old Michael Daniels is guilty. Or at least the FBI thinks so. He is being held captive in a large prison called New York City. Two of his closest friends – Alien and Victor – also think he's guilty, but despite their doubts, they remain his partners in crime.
In a society where people will do anything for power and influence, and others will do what it takes to survive, a group of skateboarders from New Manhattan strives to live normally among the chaos of NYC. They ignore the oppressive effects of climate change while boldly confronting the brutal, bloody murder that turned their lives upside down. Michael's best friends Alien and Victor set off in pursuit of the truth in order to prove Michael's innocence, hiding a secret that could seal their time of innocence, and like an earthquake, shake the very foundations of a new American and world order.
Cruel Summer is a novel about a teenager named Michael Daniels who lives on New Manhattan at the end of the millennium, where child prostitution blooms and human experimentation is hidden yet seemingly common practice. There is only one ray of light in his life ever since his mother died – his dream to enter professional skateboarding contests. It is precisely this dream that guides him through his life and gives him the strength to endure the abuse and mind games bestowed upon him by his stepfather for almost as long as he remembers.
Characters: 4.5/5 Stars -
The characters in this book are great and well developed. These characters are anything but one-dimensional! In fact, in certain parts of the story, I was under the impression that Michael was Bernard himself. Although it's later revealed that Bernard is more like Michael's best friend, who is Victor. I love the part where Victor goes sees his grandmother and I don't know Bernard personally, but I kinda knew that was him in his actual lifetime. Anyway, each character has their own unique personality. Although some of them do feel bland, but its the simple length of the novel.
Plot: 5/5 Stars -
This is always a hard one to grade without spoiling the plot for others to read the book. Well here it goes, The plot has a dark dystopian feel to it with the ice age hitting new york and Bernard finds a way to fit his personality, which is what I absolutely love! I have to say that is the trickiest part of any book for an author to pull off. Michael has to prove himself innocent of a crime he did not commit, very similar to my second book, Framed: The Second book of the Thousand Years War Series. Anyway, it's a kick ass plot that I don't wish to spoil, so you'll just have to read it for yourself.
Writing Structure: 5/5 Stars -
An easy one to rate! Book is written so that it's easy to follow along, not too many typos. Understand that English is not the author's native language, so hat's off to him!
Ending/Climax: 5/5 Stars -
The Ending of the book is so good and sad at the same time it made me cry. All I can say is poor Michael. What did Bernard do to Michael?
Final Verdict: 4.5/5 Stars - A three-run home run, almost a grand slam!
An overall excellent Dystopian fiction book, a solid read for sure and if you can read Croatian you can purchase it at the author's website at: http://www.bernardjan.com/books-in-croatian. English readers, you can get a sample of the book on the website as well.
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Excellent Job Bernard!!!!
Angel Medina, Founder at The Hybrid Nation, October 25, 2016