Welcome to the tour for genre-blurring novel, LO by Bradford Tatum. Read on for more details!
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Noir Thriller
Publisher: Soft Moon Press
Willoughby, known back on Earth as “the East Hamptons of the Kuiper Belt,” is the first sustainable colony on Mars.
Built by the mysterious geneticist Carlo Yakamura this settlement encourages the rich to live as they please. They can enjoy decadent homes, physically modifiable partners, meals based on their best memories and even boutique children known on Willoughby as Builds.
Designed to impress even at the dullest cocktail parties, the Builds’ proprietary motive genes have been sourced from the DNA of some of the greatest artistic disruptors of the last several centuries. But even among a host of uniquely gifted Builds, Lo is unique. And uniquely unbalanced. So what would be the grisliest of murders back on Earth, is just an inconvenience on Willoughby. That is why Lo is sent to be “seasoned” by a man we come to know only as Cook.
Can Cook’s fatherly hand guide Lo to a deeper understanding of his potential and purpose or is Lo’s innate power destined to destroy all of Willoughby? Is Lo the key to Cook’s creative redemption or is he the cause of Cook’s worst nightmares? And once Cook learns the true purpose of Yakamura’s Willoughby will Lo or Cook find the colony worth saving at all?
LO is a sci-fi noir thriller, painted in more deeper shades of blue than black. It is also a story of fathers and sons, lost to one another through terrible compromises and found again through the limits of love. It is a parable of our possible future, a future that is doomed if we rely only on the digital representation of our present while forgetting the lessons and lore of our analogue past.
LO is a book full of the unexpected. I don’t think I really knew what I was getting into until I started reading and I am still thinking about it. It’s such a unique blend of genres.
It’s not super fast paced, but the pacing is steady and I had trouble setting it down. We are kind of thrown into the story and the background information is slowly given to us. All the questions I had were eventually answered, but I had to (im)patiently wait for them. I really liked this. It gave this story a different structure than I expected and with the genre bending, it doesn’t go the way I anticipated it to. Which is a good thing.
We are told the story through Cook’s point of view. I liked reading his thoughts. The author’s writing style gave me a sense of who Cook was from the beginning and I liked that. LO is mysterious. I grew to understand him over time. I enjoyed the fact that I grew to understand LO with Cook. It truly felt like I was part of the story.
I can’t say too much. I think this is something you should go into without knowing all the details. I do think this will be awesome to some and not so awesome to others because it is so unique. I say give it a chance because the more you read, the more memorized you’ll be.
Thank you to R&R Book Tours for the review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Bradford Tatum’s award winning debut novel I Can Only Give You Everything was published in 2010. His second novel, Only the Dead Know Burbank was published by HarperCollins in 2016 and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. His book Gray Matters has been used as a text book in various college business communication courses.
Bradford began his career as an actor appearing in numerous television shows and movies such as 20th Century Fox’s submarine comedy DOWN PERISCOPE, Disney’s POWDER and HBO’s WESTWORLD.
He was a staff writer for Dick Wolf on the NBC series DEADLINE and has written and directed two award winning independent features. He has won an Alfred P. Sloan grant for his written work as well as sold pitches to various production companies.
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