Harmonic: Resonance – The whole world waits for the gates of Hell to open; at least half of them wait on their knees, praying for it to be quick, praying to a god not even the dead can say exists.
I have done all I can to prepare. All I can do now is wait with the rest. I don’t know if anyone will make it through, or if anyone will ever listen to this recording. I’m sure everyone’s version of events will be different, but the end will most likely be the same for us all. They are everywhere now, strange variations of the basic demonic form—horns, talons, and teeth. They too are waiting for the transition, the next convergence.
My name is Emily. I am twenty-three years old, and I will probably not make it to twenty-four. I don’t know what I’m hoping to achieve with this recording, if anything, but I have no one left to talk to, so you’ll have to do. – Goodreads Synopsis
Harmonic: Resonance Review
This is my first read from Nico Laeser, and I am impressed. Harmonic: Resonance hooked me within the first page, and I couldn’t put it down. Laeser’s world, his characters, his story are all exquisitely well-crafted and told in a way that instantly hooks you. You can’t look away. I know – I tried to play a game in the middle of it and failed horribly.
The author gives a unique twist on the typical post apocalyptic tale. First the dead return to life – in a very unique way. They bring with them a whole new set of problems that nobody imagined they’d ever have to deal with. Just as everything seems to be stabilizing, humanity realizes that the dead returning were just the first wave. This play off the idea that when the rapture happens the dead will be resurrected is a dark and twisted tale that effortlessly holds your attention.
The pacing is fantastic, the characters are not cardboard cut-outs, there’s no instant hearts and rainbows, and there’s also a dash of disability in literature that comes from the presence of Haley. Haley is a young girl who is completely deaf. Unfortunately, barely anyone can understand sign language or even read her lips. So, Haley has to communicate with gestures and with written notes, but she manages quite well. She seems to survive through pure gumption and the inability to recognize that everything seems hopeless. She inspires her companions to do better. She is probably my favorite character.
You’ve got to give Harmonic Resonance a try. It’s a fantastic book that’s on Amazon here.