The Overleden

Hell on Earth (Revised Edition 2018)

Young Adult - Horror
687 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Overleden: Hell On Earth is a work of horror and science fiction suitable for mature young adults and adult readers, and was penned by author Terence Simmons. Our teenage heroine is Jasmine, a bright girl with some rebellious tendencies after her father’s untimely death. Abandoning her remaining family, Jasmine only trusts her boyfriend Jake, so when a terrifying event causes him to no longer be her rock, the real mysteries and horrors of the world start to unfold. The group of friends around this couple are all drawn into the legend of the Overleden and its soul-stripping powers, into a darkness that they may never escape from again.

Author Terence Simmons has created a genuinely tense thriller novel with plenty of sci-fi and horror concepts overlaid, and one which still manages to be low-graphic and suitable for teenage readers seeking a scare. The psychological layers of the mystery and the characters give this novel its mastery, with a plot that moves slowly but surely towards the darkness at the core of each of its teen protagonists. I liked Jasmine’s development particularly, and her sensibilities and fears were played on well to make her a plucky but suitably vulnerable hero for the genre. Simmons’s descriptive work is excellent, bringing atmosphere to even the most innocuous moments with the way his scenery is painted, and when the monsters come out to play it gets even better. Overall, The Overleden: Hell On Earth is a superb horror read for YA fans and older.