Book Review: The N Chronicles by John Murray Mckay

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The N Chronicles by John Murray Mckay

Summary: In this science fiction fantasy by Wattpad author John Murray Mckay we’re plunged into a dirty and brutal post-apocalyptic world. Samantha Worthington Day is important. After a disaster with Geneva’s Large Hadron Collider, our universe tears itself apart and humanity does what it always has: goes to war. When creatures and demons break through our flimsy earthly barriers, life becomes a trial of survival, not comfort. Samantha is a Lightbringer in this world of Gronks, Pulse monsters, and dragons.

Samantha discovers her strange powers with the help of some prophetic monsters and mystically powerful tools meant only for her. There isn’t anything in the world worth saving, but Samantha endeavours to do so anyway, and with a gritty determination that turns out to be her greatest weapon in a final, yet Pyrrhic, melee.

The N Chronicles Season 1 is only the first in a long series, read it free on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/1664102-the-n-chronicles-season-1-finished

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Review: Each chapter is short, dramatic, and stuffed with enough action to make your eyeballs sweat. It’s not clear whether the cataloging of time-stamped experiences are in a diary format, but the informative first person narrative renders you a transfixed vegetable in the same way a good TV show turns its watchers into obsessed followers.

Ignore the odd spelling/grammar mistake, because John Murray Mckay’s whack-you-in-the-face-with-a-glowing-shield excitement more than makes up for it. The dark pain of everyday trauma is not for the gentle-hearted, and the language isn’t for younger readers, adults only I’m afraid, but if you’re in the mood for something that’s likely to give you a coronary with every desperate punch, this is for you.

John Murray Mckay has his own style, so be prepared for something different, and don’t forget to pack your sword, especially around chapter 45. You have been warned.

The ending is certain to enrage as we’re left with questions galore once Samantha is tossed into a pit (hell? We’re not sure) and meets a  robed character with a cryptic line of dialogue that begs to be pasted into Google Translate. And then we’re left with the set-up of the next installment rearing to go. It’s not really meant to be read without the rest of the series, so here’s John’s condensed  introduction to season 2:

“In a world gone terribly wrong, where the monsters of our deepest nightmares have come alive, one girl is on a journey to find sanctuary in America. These are the N Chronicles. Follow her journey across the United States with real-life GPS coordinates and experience true life locations with Samantha Worthington Day.”

 

The author and I had a quick chat about this particular work, here’s what he said:

1. Why did you connect the fictional apocalyptic catalyst in your novel with Geneva's LHC?

It’s about the fear of the unknown. We are pushing the very boundaries of space and science with the LHC. The thing is, we don’t know what is on the other side of the cliff face that we are going over. There is a very powerful them in my connection in that man is trying to reset the boundaries of science without taking the consequences into account. 

2. Why did you choose the first-person diary log format? 

A diary is a very intimate and personal experience. It’s a mark we leave behind for the next generations where they can experience our lives and mistakes through text. A diary can serve as a warning and inspiration to those who read it.

3. Was Samantha's discovery of heroic powers in such a dark time a metaphor from which we could learn? 

Yes, there is always hope and there is always light. Even in the darkest of times, we must hold on to that light and it will eventually lead us home.

4.How many seasons of The N Chronicles can we expect?

At least two more, I haven’t even started the story of Christina yet. So you can relax and be sure that for the next few years, well I am going to blow you away with my story.

5. What advice would you give to potential writers of post-apocalyptic thrillers?

Keep the soul. Once your story loses its heart and essence- then the emotional resonance will be lost on reader and they will abandon your book eventually. Make them care.

6. What projects do you have planned for the future?

Well I am thinking of a comedy book of Moonshiners moving into posh Los Angeles and causing chaos but it’s still in the concept phase and many years away from me even thinking of starting it. 

 

7 out of 10 for this brinnande skrift!

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