October 18, 2012

Fiction - Science Fiction
65 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2011
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

October 18, 2012 by William R. Porter delves into the psyche of man. In the scenario a comet, Ivan, is headed toward Earth. Could this be the end of the world? The lead character is Trevor. He has an uncomfortable feeling. It has little to do with the comet; he’s not sure what is making him feel strange. It is like Déjà Vu. He knew what was going to happen and he tried to prevent it. After living it three times he managed to change the outcome.

Trevor is a well developed character; I would call him the average blue collar man. The dialog between Trevor and his coworkers seems to be common for the work environment, although to some it will seem exaggerated. The dialogue between Trevor and Kelly-Ann was difficult for me. They argued a lot. That’s not normal in a loving relationship. Readers familiar with dementia will understand and cherish the scene where Trevor visits with his father.

This is a short quick read of 105 pages. While I believe the author’s intent was to focus on Trevor, his actions and reactions; I found myself much more interested in the actions of the “citizens.” They went wild, turning over vehicles, chanting, running through the streets, vandalizing, looting and rioting. I ask myself why normally rational people would react in such an irrational way in times of emergency. I have no answer, perhaps panic or fear bring out the worst in humans. Yet the threat of extinction brought out the best in Trevor.

October 18, 2012 looks at the “end of the world,” through a different view. Usually authors concentrate of the bigger picture but William R. Potter looks at the event through an individual’s life. If Potter can do this with a mere 105 pages just think what he could accomplish with 300 pages. I was surprised at how well Potter managed to develop the main character considering the length of the book. It proves to me that Potter is a talented author capable of bringing his characters to life.