Author – Renee Logan
Genre – Suspense, Psychological Thriller
246 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 9/5/17
No. 58 - 2017
My impressions: cruel, unusual & unwarranted punishment, progressive liberal socialism run amuck.
Eddie – J159, whiney wimp, nerdy, erratic, paranoid.
Jack – Eddie’s friend and savior.
The plot of J159 is simple but frightening. To guarantee an uncontaminated pool for juries judging major crimes citizens are involuntarily isolated in solitary confinement for periods of three to five years. The Pure Juror System. The ‘prisoners’ have no contact with any humans, not other jurors, guards or even cleaning crews, and no access to news media during that time. Eddie compares life there as feeling he was in a high-end prison. The staff provides an almost unlimited choice of gourmet food items on or off the menu Everything the confined jurors need is provided. Supposedly, the life they were yanked away from will be maintained and ready for them when they are released. But as Eddie’s confinement goes on and on his paranoia runs amuck and he begins to wonder if he’ll ever be released. Jurors are not allowed any indication of the passage of time and all of the TV shows and movies are old reruns It’s as if he is frozen in a time warp where time stands still while he ages.
After a time, portions of the plot became redundant and boring. Eddie ordering and eating three meals a day or recounting the details of the live criminal trials he was required to judge by TV connections became repetitious.
His character evolved into a pathetic and paranoid person it was hard to have empathy for.
Overall, I felt compassion for the Eddie character, especially near the end when the truth was revealed about the Pure Juror System.
The story ends in a cliff hanger for the reader to add the conclusion they choose.
The editing is almost perfect as is the sentence structure.
Character development is confined to the main character who is clearly defined by the book’s end.
Details are complete but sparse as Eddie survives in a small luxurious ‘cell’ with a small grassy space enclosed by a tall brick wall.
The plot is fresh and frightening.
The writing style is detailed but confined by the singular location of the setting and the lone character.
There is a single lapse of continuity near the end when Eddie and a crowd are outside a TV station and then suddenly are inside the newsroom.
At the end, nerdy, clumsy Eddie had to perform like an action hero and was completely out of character.
Overall, I recommend the story to patient readers looking for a glimpse into a possible future gone wrong.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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