Review/Giveaway: Susy Asylum by Michael Pierce (5 stars)
As a huge fan of Provex City from Micheal Pierce, I was ecstatic to sign up for this tour of the sequel, Susy Asylum. Check out my review of 5 star review of the prequel to Susy Asylum, Provex City! Feel free to read my review even if you have not read Provex City. It contains only minor spoilers (no more than the blurb) of the first book. Thank you to Candace’s Book Blog for organizing this tour. You can check out the full schedule HERE.
Susy Asylum (Lorne Family Vault#2) by Michael Pierce
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ParousiaSix Publishing
Published: April 25th, 2013
In SUSY Asylum, there is no release. There is no escape. No hope.
Oliver and Desiree are introduced to the writings of a mysterious blogger, Commodore Chaos, when they return to Provex City to indulge in what the sublime city has to offer. The blogger claims the Lornes are collecting people venturing between the higher planes of awareness and locking them away in a mythical asylum. But are these legitimate concerns for inter-plane travelers or just the ramblings of an anonymous conspiracy blogger?
Oliver looks to Provex City as his only connection to his father while Desiree looks to the city as an escape from the torment of losing her best friend—again. Provex City is a wonder of beautiful treasures, entrancing them to continue returning. But behind the beauty, wolves have continued hunting Oliver, a boy who is still unaware of his importance in the rebellion.
Oliver’s belief is waning. Desiree will not always be by his side. Mr. Gordon will not always come to his aid. Oliver finds himself alone, forced to confront his biggest fears, fight his inner demons, and face the very cold reality that no one is coming to save him.
Welcome to SUSY Asylum.
Like a bullet to the head, the story of Oliver Grain will bleed into your consciousness long after the last page is read. SUSY ASYLUM is an story honest to characters and plot, no matter how gritty the tale. Micheal Pierce has a talent for creating characters that the reader can’t help but invest into and then taunts you with a Russian roulette premonition. Early in the book, the reader learns that one character close to Oliver won’t make it. Even with that seed planted in the mind, there is still a feeling of disbelief when the deed happens.
As if turning back the pages would revive this character, I couldn’t help but reread the section and yearn for an alternate end for this character. My need to discover what happens with Oliver and his quest is what eventually recovered me and allowed me to finish. Although the first part of the book is focused on expanding the characters and world-building, the second half is a rampage. After developing attachments to all the characters, the reader has to witness each one makes stupid decisions that put Oliver and his friends in a suicidal situation. Oliver is not the only one to blame as the other characters often act independently of his decisions and it is clear that each one of them has their own agenda throughout the story.
It’s difficult to decide which character is my favorite, but I believe I will have to say Oliver. I can’t help but chuckle when he tries unsuccessfully to understand teenage girls. His ignorance of them compared to the author’s expert writing of the female sex makes for some much needed comic relief in an otherwise very gritty story.
Due to several culturally taboo situations, Suzy Asylum is recommended only to teens and up.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.)
(Oliver learns about TJ and Desiree’s relationship through journal entries and several interrogations. The reader is given glimpses into their past with mini-chapters sprinkled throughout the book. This is a piece of one such mini-chapter showing TJ’s downward spiral, eventually leading to his suicide. What TJ writes on the bathroom stall walls—and himself—gives meaning to what was written on Oliver’s wall in the first book.)
Check out book one, Provex City!
Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?
Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: “When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls.” And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.
I believe in a future where I will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter & Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale. I also love dabbling with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful baby girl.