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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Pulse: Book One is a work of fiction in the horror, dystopian, and adventure subgenres, and was penned by author B.A. Bellec. Written for mature reading audiences, the work contains gore and fantasy horror as well as the use of explicit language throughout. In this exciting opener to what promises to be an excellent and spine-tingling series, we find ourselves in the year 2040, where a terrifying creature is let loose at the world’s largest music festival. Mingling the cut-throat world of corporations and their greedy, money-grabbing ways with the sinister science fiction elements of creature creation, terrifying technology, and body horror results in a truly unique novel like nothing you’ll have read before.
Having enjoyed B.A. Bellec’s writing in the past, I was delighted to delve into the darkness once more with Pulse. Bellec’s writing style leaves room for your imagination to fill in the gaps as his sharp staccato sentences punctuate every moment of this psychological and physiological horror fest. While the horror elements and the creature itself cast a wide shadow of dread over the book’s plot and many characters, what impressed me the most was the plethora of poignant social and cultural messages about the advent of capitalism and corporate takeovers happening in (and destroying) our society and planet today. There is a natural sense of urgency and activism to this novel which makes you all the more emotionally invested in its outcome and leaves you with a lingering sense of fear long after you end the final startling chapter. Overall, I would highly recommend Pulse to dystopian and horror fans alike who are looking for something intelligent, original, and exciting for their next read.