The Oddity by Kat Hawthorne
Republished by: Common Deer Press
Republication Date: August 10, 2016
Genre: Literary, Fantasy
Extent: 100 pages
You know those books you’ve read about fair maidens trapped by unkind relatives in high towers with no hope for escape? You know the stories about charming knights keen to rescue the fair maiden? Are those the kind of stories you like? Well, sorry to disappoint, but The Oddity is nothing like that.
What if the fair maiden is actually a genetically engineered monster capable of great destruction? What if the relatives have a good and just reason for keeping the maiden under lock and key? What if the knight couldn’t charm his way out of a paper bag let alone yet another jail cell? There is a good chance that is what you’ll find in this book.
Based on the Tarot and full of deep thoughts about life and death, right and wrong, betrayal and…the opposite of betrayal, The Oddity is not like any other book you’ve ever read.
Note: I’ve received an eARC for a honest review. Again, receiving one doesn’t sway my opinion. This book was previously published as a ebook by another publisher.
Time is terminal, the greatest killer anyone has ever know. But physical death is not what’s important. The soul is eternal. It’s what you do with your time that determines who you are and what you are capable of.
A genetically engineered girl who can see the future? A book that makes you ponder everything in life? Hear my fangirl call! Kat has such elegant prose and wit. They drew me in at the first paragraph.
While you read this book, your own perception of life and death, fate and free will, and consequences is put at odds with Kat’s work. When a book wakes you up, then pulls you in so masterly that you believe you live within these pages, you know you’re in for a stunning read. Oddity truly is that. I felt as if I was reading one of Chuck Palahniuk’s pieces. Kat explores the ramifications of peoples’ choices, and she masterfully injects tarot into her storytelling. She is able to draw readers in and forces them to reflect on their decisions, whether small or large. Not many authors can put me in a crash course in existentialism, but she has! Her characters are so believably real. I loved how Kat ties them together at the end.
There are no epic battles or slain emperors in The Oddity; there are questions that flash across the page and demand you to answer them, and you may not like the result. The Oddity is a rare piece of fiction. What surprised me the most was how Kat tricked me with that unexpected twist (never saw it coming!). If a book does not make you think, I don’t believe it’s good fiction. I want more from this cleverly crafted world. I want to walk the streets and see the Oddities. Hell, I want to be one.
Time is the pathway to divinity, for it could be said that the one who controls time controls life and death, and the one who controls life and death transcends the realm of mortality and enters into the realm of the Gods.