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The Red Book | Review

Title: The Red Book

Author: Davide Cortellucci

Rating: 4 stars

Dates read: 18 Dec 19

Publication date: 09 Sep 19

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Description:

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THOUGHTS.

Martin’s life as he knows it has turned upside-down, and he decides to embark on a trip to give sense to his existence. Via coincidences and fabricated non-coincidences, he finds a group of people that helps him enhance the power of his thoughts to modify the physical world around him. In a journey within a journey, Martin discovers the powers of visualisation and its pull. And he acknowledges why he’s flooded by negative feelings when he’s close to certain people.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE ENEMIES.

Unless Martin finds the strength within himself to fight, he and everyone around him will cease to exist.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Red Book Blog Tour*

When I think of Science Fiction and novels of said genre, I instantly conjure pictures of space, and robots, and all kinds of mechanical based oddities taking part in a created or fabricated world. This book is a refreshing and innovative exploration into Sci-fi, and for vast portions of the book it felt less like a science fiction novel, and more one of self-discovery and self-exploration which is exactly what set it apart.

The book centres around Martin, a youngish man who suffers loss at the beginning of the book. This loss acts as a trigger and combined with a book he receives from patron and acquaintance Professor Conti, he sets about exploring and discovering who he is, and about the oddities he has been experiencing throughout his life. It is safe to say that Martin is a blend of naivety and kindness that is perfect for a journey and this is exactly what fuels the narrative. His casual and frequent coincidental meetings with a young lady we later discover to be Maria are happenstances, that along with his undoubted ‘powers’ sets this book apart from the adult fiction into Science fiction genre.

His powers are not the flashy superpowers found within the superhero universe. They are subtle and easily ignored, and it takes the character a while to realise them and begin to understand them. His powers enable him to think and visualise thoughts into existence or happening, an impressive power that alongside friends and leaders he meets and befriends throughout the story, his powers grow in both strength and his understanding and become a force to be harnessed and reckoned with.

The supportive role that Maria plays later in the novel to Martin and earlier to her sister really underpin the story with a caring and nurturing idea, one that compliments the self-discovery narrative that Martin is on. The inclusion of such characters as mothering Violet and loyal Chuck provide life lessons for Martin throughout and provide him with alternative lessons other than just expanding his thought and visualisation powers. Teachers, like the leader and almost talismanic figure of Caesar, and the more subtle teachings of Conti (through his guidance and his gift of the red book itself which Martin carries throughout the story) added to his guidance and his journey.

This is a fast paced adventure book about power and learning and self-growth. It was a new take on a genre that can be somewhat formulaic, and was a self-contained novel that has the opportunity to expand into the trilogy I believe the author is planning on writing.

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