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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In the Minuses is a work of fiction in the creative, science fiction, and dystopian subgenres. It is intended for the general reading audience and was penned by author team JD Pernoste and Anneliese Dahl. A unique presentation of a novel, written partly in structured verse and the remainder in free verse/poetic prose, the story takes place in a hopeless dystopian future. The central character, Angie, surrounds herself with the ghosts of the past and her artforms to hide her pain, until her calling as a healer arrives. Her new journey to push past this pain and discover the secrets of the city holds up a mirror to societal problems in our own world today.
Author duo JD Pernoste and Anneliese Dahl have crafted a unique perspective in this truly haunting novel that discusses the nature of faith, science, and religious belief during a time when our world is most in need of it. These messages are not so explicit in the work as to destroy the storyline, but it becomes clear quite quickly that the work is an emotive character study rather than a hard and fast plot-driven tale. Once you’re into that mindset, Angie’s story becomes all the more emotional, mindful and thrilling, and I often found myself going back and looking again at the wonderful poetry to see how its themes would interweave with the plot. Overall, I would certainly recommend In the Minuses to readers seeking out original, unique dystopian fiction which also has much to say about our beliefs in the world today.