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Monday, November 19, 2012

Kean’s Edge by Darby Krenshaw

Kean’s Edge by Darby Krenshaw
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (19 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Petty thieves Kean and Ozzy are recruited by an eccentric collector to smuggle outlawed treeware. When the pickup goes wrong, they are hunted through the streets of Morocco. Running for their lives, they discover what lengths each will go to to save the other.

When physical books are outlawed only outlaws will own them.

As children, Ozzy and Kean forged a bond so deep that as young adults they almost seem to share the same mind. When I started reading I honestly didn’t know if I’d like these characters because our moral codes are so dissimilar. They’re career criminals who will break almost any law if it benefits them or someone they love and I’ve never even had a traffic ticket. No sooner does the plot pick up speed, though, than the reader learns about a dark secret that one of them has hidden from the other. The exploration and aftermath of this secret humanizes a terrible decision and drew me even further into their world.

I would have liked to see a more detailed explanation for why the Central Information Council transitioned from preserving paper books to banning them. What could make a benevolent organization evolve totalitarian tendencies so rapidly? For what purpose was this change introduced? As much as I enjoyed learning what happened to Kean and Ozzy not having these questions answered was disappointing. There were also some paragraphs in the story that were a little hard to understand due to multiple punctuation errors.

The end of this tale was fairly predictable for the genre but it did leave ample room for a sequel. We say goodbye to Ozzy and Kean while they transition from finding answers to questions that have plagued them for a long time to encountering brand new challenges. While I don’t know if the author intends to revisit these characters I’m curious to know what happens to them next.

Despite these issues Kean’s Edge introduced me to a world I won’t soon forget. Imagine a society that so fears the written word it is attempting to stamp it out. Is it better to try to move elsewhere or fight for lasting change from within? Are these your only options? Why not read this book and find out!

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