Deep down, Robert Goldner knows he’s a mistake. His mother told him so when he was just five years old. But he never found the courage to ask just what she meant before she was murdered under mysterious circumstances on his eleventh birthday. Now, on the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Robert is dead set on becoming a Virginia high school state wrestling champion in order to redeem himself once and for all, reversing whatever curse his mother saw within him. One of the few blacks on a predominantly redneck team, Robert has struggled for years to remain clear-headed and independent in a school divided by race and conquered by cliques. But when something from Beyond takes possession of his body and mind, wrestling with his very soul, he may find his “birthday” to be a gateway to a horrifying truth about himself and the fundamental nature of Reality. Publisher’s Note: BloodLight is not a Young Adult novel. It is a work of Weird Fiction and Metaphysical Fantasy. Focusing on inner space rather than outer space, psychology over action-adventure, this is a book for readers who enjoy stories that are surreal, cerebral, dark, and bizarre almost beyond description.
I rate this book – ☆☆☆
Did I like this book; yes I think I did. I certainly enjoyed reading it even though it felt like I was reading an account of an LSD trip, and once on a roll Grey-Sun purges himself of his ideas in an ecstasy of writing. I actually did have an idea of what this book was about. It is full of fabulous metaphysical concepts beautifully written.
I loved the way that Robert ‘loses it’ gradually, giving us chance at the beginning to get our heads around the concepts that were emerging. This book was well balanced with the normality of everyone else having no idea what is happening to Robert and reacting the way most youths do towards him when he is out of kilter with the rest of the world.
The last chapter being an frenzy of metaphysics is superb, although at this point I had less of an idea of what was going on. This book reminded me of a time sitting on a bus travelling to University where I was studying Science and Religion (Philosophy) listening to two students behind me talking about atoms, universes and metaphysics, if I had got this book then I would have turned round and given it to them as a perfect gift.
Why did I give it 3 stars? I liked this book, but did not love it, maybe because I finished my metaphysical questioning a long time ago, but this is a great book for anybody who loves questioning the world around them.
You can check out the author on his site: Harambee K. Grey-Sun