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Title: Void Fate
Author: Suren G. Hakobyan
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Thriller | Fantasy | Mystery
Publication Date: January 2021
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CW/TW: Rape | Sexual Abuse | Suicide | Murder
He is wicked.
Void Fate Synopsis
Empty streets are littered with stalled-out cars, buses, and motorcycles. A sunless and moonless sky is covered with an enormous barrier that prevents any view of the heavens.
Nothing stirs. The air is oppressive and there is no wind, not even the softest breeze.
It was supposed to be a typical day for the five friends, but they wake up to discover that they are left alone on earth. The world that they knew is gone. All that is left is silence, pervasive, absolute silence.
What happened while they slept? Are they the only ones left? As the theories start to fly, and their imaginations run wild, they wonder if they are still on Earth at all, possibly abducted by aliens, trapped in a simulation, or claimed by the afterlife.
Aram is the only one who can see deep into the silent world. That’s why, from the very beginning, he starts to look for a way out of this new reality. If he can convince his friends to stay focused, as the whispers begin, and fight against the evil of the silent world, the fog-shaped beings that wander the empty streets, they may stand a chance.
If not, the only thing that lies ahead is the fate of the void.
Void Fate Review
After a night of card games, drinking and guy time, Aram, Arthur, Harris, Michael and Daniel find that their world has changed. Everyone is gone, and everything is silent, cars are dead, sounds are muffled, the electricity is out everywhere but their apartment and the weather has changed. Aram discovers they are not alone, there are fog creatures out there and the surroundings keep changing without anyone seeing. Aram is determined to get back to his wife and newborn son and save his friends. The others looks to Aram to piece together what’s going on and work out a plan to survive. After talking things over and throwing out ideas the friends are wondering and to make matters worse, in the real world people are being murdered and disappearing altogether. How are these connected? And how do the friends stay together, stay sane and survive in this silent, new world?
The world-building was okay. I felt like there should have been more Armenian influence and I wish the author didn’t anglicanize the characters names. I don’t know much about Armenia but I think this book could have provided more of Armenian culture and language throughout it. Until it was mentions, this plot could have taken place in any city in the world. Suren Hakobyan has a great writing style. It flowed nicely and was easy to keep track of. While i think the story benefitted from the mutliple POCs, I think some of them should have been revamped or eliminated where there was only one or two chapters in that characters POV. The multiple POVs did give a great look at the reality for each character and how they individually deal with being in the silent world. The pacing of the events in the novel was good. I did feel like some of it could have been sped up and the actual events of the books could use a bit more description and time spent on them. The only thing that this novel is missing is better representation for the female characters. Although I liked Lidia, her fate and the fate of the other female character is a little disappointing. The female characters were only there to show the wickedness of the silent world and there was no character development. They existed purely to advance Arthur’s character arc which seems like a little bit of a disservice to them.
The ending of the novel was bittersweet and while this is a standalone, there is definitely room left open for a continuation of the plot and questions left unanswered. I would recommend this book to people who like thriller novels, any fans of Stephen King and those who want a book that both keeps them guessing and on their toes!
I would like to thank Suren G. Hakobyan for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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About Suren G. Hakobyan
Suren Hakobyan grew up in Yerevan, Armenia. He is, first and foremost, a devoted husband and a proud father. He also enjoys travel and playing football. He spent eight years working as a mechanical engineer before publishing his first book.
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