Book Review: Banshee


  • Title: Banshee
  • Author: Maxine Miley
  • Series: The Books of Candor, #1
  • Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
  • Publishing Date: October 27th, 2020
  • Publishing Co.: Indie
  • Length: 105 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
  • Acquired: Given free print copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: Banshee

Welcome to the Enlightened States of America. WARNING! All illegals, outcasts and mutts will be turned away. Any who attempt to illegally cross our border, whether entering or exiting, will be shot on sight.

The United States is gone, overthrown by a corporation known only as “the Orange.”

Candor is an outcast, surviving on the outskirts of a society that has devolved into corporate tyranny. When an unexplainable entity assassinates all of the high-ranking federal officials, the struggling country is thrown deeper into a fervor of chaos.

Candor comes forward to help and during the course of a government interview, he tells his story about his relationship with Banshee, an outcast like himself with some serious rage issues and some seriously strange abilities. While it is clear that Candor loves Banshee it becomes apparent that his love will never be enough to contain her.

Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5

Trigger Warning: Graphic violence, adult language, suicide

Candor–not his birth name–comes forward to explain his and his “friend” Banshee’s involvement in the destruction of the Orange, the corporation that had previously overthrown the military and political power of United States of America, and taken control of the country. He explains his and Banshee’s life over a series of interview tape recordings, and eventually forms a bit of an off-the-record dialogue with the man recording the evidence. 

Not my usual style of book, this one was almost entirely dialogue, as the past events were shown to us through Candor’s voice recordings. Though I tend to prefer a more narrative approach with plenty of setting details, Candor actually provided enough detail to make me feel like I was living the story, while also sticking true to the dialogue angle, as if he were the one verbally telling us the story. 

With the perspective of everything being over and done with, and Candor speaking to some sort of law enforcement/evidence gathering organization, the book has a pull of suspense. The reader is tempted to continue turning the pages to figure out just what happened to the United States to allow such racism as described in Candor’s story to continue, as well as how exactly that racist corporation was destroyed. We’re left constantly wanting more, until the very last page of the book. And even then, with how short it is, I still feel as if something is missing. I want to know more about this world! How can I prevent it from occurring in my own world?

There is also a bit of magic that touches the story, but it is woven into the story in such a way that even if I were not a believer of magic (which, I don’t claim that I am), there’s still this possibility of reality. Of this type of magic existing somewhere in our own world. Which keeps me wanting to read even more. 

Overall, this was an extremely well-written book, with a few cast of characters, but so fleshed out and unique that I felt like I could have picked them out if they walked down my street right now. The world is also frighteningly close to our own, that it gives us readers a sense of urgency and a spike of fear, hoping that we will never end up quite as bad as the U.S. in the book. This is the first of the Books of Candor, and I can’t wait to continue into this world and see what else there is. 

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