The End of the World Playlist by Dan O'Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this book, The End of the World Playlist, by Dan O'Brien, I was impressed with his style. His words flow in a literary manner that almost seems too highbrow for the genre.
The story stars in the middle...or the end. The reader feels like he or she is dropped into a scene of something much larger. While the characters are distinct in their nature, there does seem to be too much back story hinted at throughout. This is the only real problem that I had as I read.
O'Brien writes well, and a short story is a nice chance to get away for a few minutes while on the stair stepper or treadmill, but this story has depth that begs to be investigated. I did have one problem with a scene where one of the guys had been bitten. In previous similar instances, the infection was described as being visible, yet this one individual "didn't know what had happened in all the confusion" and then bites one of the others. A small gripe, but one I feel was worth noting.
The read is clean and well edited. I will read more of O'Brien's titles.