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I came across Immortal Cat because our friends at the 5050 Company designed the cover. It’s a little outside the range of genres I normally read, and I’m not entirely sure how to classify it. Amazon has it listed under Coming of Age Fiction, Humorous Dark Comedy, and Technothrillers. I enjoy coming of age stories, but I never had any interest in the latter two categories. However, I’m really glad I gave this book a chance.
From the publisher:
Billy Luck, a techie-twenty-something from New Jersey, finds himself relapsing into suicidal tendencies after finding out his emotional support cat, Toro, has cancer. When in doubt – ask the internet for answers…but what Billy needs is something really rare…the key to immortality…and to find rare things you often have to search in dark places. Deep in the trenches of the dark web he finds a hint…a name of a place…The Bazaar. A black market so far removed from society it’s hidden underground, and for good reason, because it’s a place where dreams can be purchased……but at what cost?
Gee’s descriptive writing style reeled me in from the very start. I found myself drawn in to Billy’s character, especially his vulnerability, almost immediately. Billy’s relationship with Toro is a testament to the healing power of cats, and anyone who has ever lost a beloved cat will relate to his despair when he finds out Toro has cancer.
This story has a lot of layers ranging from growing up in a dysfunctional family and coping with mental health struggles to the pain of losing a loved one. The author handles them all with both sensitivity and humor.
While the sci-fi aspects of the story were not my favorite parts, I found myself surprised at just how much I loved this engaging story about the love between a man and his cat. Brandon Gee is a writer to watch.
Immortal Cat is available from Amazon.
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