- Title: The Earth is My Prison
- Author: Richard Sean Clare
- Series: None
- Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
- Publishing Date: June 8th, 2020
- Publishing Co.: Indie
- Length: 194 pages
- Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
- Acquired: Given paperback copy in exchange for an honest review
- Amazon Link: The Earth is My Prison
Tag has been a prisoner all his life. Born into a maximum security prison in the ruins of a future America, life for his fellow inmates has only one purpose: to produce materials for a never-ending war. But Tag isn’t like the others. He is a reader and his collection of forbidden books have made him question his reality. Questions like: What really lies beyond the prison walls? And who is the strange woman with long black hair and metal legs who appears in his dreams, beckoning him to freedom?
First Chapter Challenge
The very short first chapter of this novel just gives us a small taste of our protagonist, Tag, and his current circumstances. It looks like he is in a prison, with a bucket for a toilet, and a revolving camera as his omnipresent companion. As a Sci-Fi, this seems to be more along the lines of a Dystopian society, and I am excited to see what kinds of protocols are in place for Tag and his fellow humans! What is the world like out there?
Final Judgment: 3 Stars out of 5
CW: Adult language, sexual content, occasional graphic violence
The novel is divided into 3 parts, each following Tag as he goes on an adventure. The first part is dedicated to his life in the prison where he was born, the second to a kind of virtual family he finds after leaving the prison, and the third is when he ends up going back to the prison for something. Through it all, he is finding out who he is as a person, and what he wants in life.
I am apathetic toward this book, hence the 3 star review. The plot wanders, without a real reason for where it goes. Oh, there is supposed to be this underlying need of Tag’s that is mentioned a few times, but it just doesn’t seem to fit his character, and a reader would never guess it if it wasn’t blatantly told to us. There are random scenes of great action that punctuate an otherwise tepid, completely random plot with no ultimate goal.
I also hate Tag. He is annoying, petty, and downright stupid at times. There is no redeeming quality I could find to make me root for him, and so there were no emotions that went into following his journey. I could care less if he lived or died. I suppose his “witty” sarcasm is supposed to be humorous to the readers, but it comes off as more of a dick move than anything. I was excited based off of the blurb that he would be a character drawn to books, as I am. But his books don’t even seem to be a part of him. Oh, he namedrops a few of them and mentions the plotline or setting of a few others, but that’s it. I never get a feel that he actually cares about his books, or that reading ever influenced him.
I will also mention that as an indie book, there are editing errors. The one that really got me was the random switch between first- and third-person POV. It definitely kicked me out of the book at those times. Other errors include grammatical mistakes, awkward wording, or the deletion/addition of random words.
However, despite all of the above, I kept reading. I’m not sure why, but I’d say it was worth it, thus the 3 stars. It was interesting to see a world different than my own, even when Tag went through three very different settings. I wanted to know what the big deal was about the Kowalski guy, and I finally did find out at the very end.
Overall, I’d say this is a good read if you just want something silly and fun. Nothing serious, nothing with major character or plot development, but just something different than your own life.