The Warren by Brian Evenson #bookreview

X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result 30199444of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X.

He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be.

But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species. – Goodreads.com

I’m not sure what to say about this novella.  Did I like it?  Yes, I’m pretty sure I did.  Did I understand what happened?  Possibly.

The Warren is suspenseful, may or may not have different POVs and an unreliable narrator, and leans heavily on existential horror.  It’s ambiguous and leaves much to reader interpretation, so if you like your stories wrapped up in a neat package with a pretty bow on top, this probably isn’t for you.  If, however, you enjoy mulling over strange and bewildering tales, trying to fit the puzzle pieces into a cohesive unit – give The Warren a try.  I know I’m still thinking about it.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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