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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hubris Falls is a work of darkly humorous fiction, pathos, and eventual tragedy, and was penned by author Matthew S. Hiley. Filled with explicit language, sexual situations, and drug usage, this is the tale of a group of young men taking one last grab at the wild side of life before they have to settle down and live in the ‘real’ world, as is expected of them. Led by Brian ‘Legs’ Hamilton in the summer of 1997, the setting is a drug-addled rafting trip through the canyons of the Rio Grande River, down by the border of Mexico. Five days becomes an epic, endless nightmare for the group as their wild times turn truly devilish.
One of the things I enjoyed a great deal about author Matthew S. Hiley’s work was how unlikeable Legs and his friends are at the novel’s opening, and how the experiences they undergo actually make you empathize more and more with them as the plot progresses. There’s a wonderful sense of ‘I shouldn’t be laughing at this’ about the dark humor encased in the endless action-packed tragedies of the tale, and what results is a full journey across every facet of human emotion, and a coming of age tale like no other. The narrative focuses hard on interpersonal relations, and it’s in this element that we find the most poignant and genuinely heart-wrenching conclusions as the novel draws closer to its thoughtful perspectives on life and what growing up really means. Do not miss Hubris Falls; a dark tale that shines a light on life itself.