The Spectators

The Spectators

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A controversial talk-show host who has made his living by exposing bizarre societal secrets on live television finds his own past brought into question when the young perpetrators of a mass shooting declare themselves his devoted fans.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995886
0812995880
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 25 cm

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AliCanta
Apr 17, 2019

I picked up this ebook during finals as a means to procrastinate without feeling too shabby about it. Zero expectations. Read somewhere at some point that is had a Hemingway vibe which I kinda remember enjoying (shout out to "The Old Man and the Sea") so I thought this would be short and sweet. I was absolutely mistaken.

The way the story switches time and perspective between chapters makes it engaging, this isn't a fluff read but at the same time it's direct. You have one story at the surface about death and AIDS, the absurd way you can mimic and be misunderstood yet not really care even though there has to have been some sort of caring to want to fit in and mimic, and then before you realize it, the words on the pages are sucking you into an existential questioning of who you are. You ask yourself why there are morals but you don't feel too attacked.

Zero expectations coming in. Mind blow and introspective after. Nice distraction with waaaaaay more depth than I realized.

debwalker Apr 02, 2019

When a school shooting is linked to a controversial TV host.....

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