Full Disclosure – I was provided a copy of the book by the author as a member of his “A-Team”, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
Notes in an Analog World
Another year, another note. But for Soph, this year is different as just as he is preparing to set out for his yearly trek to murder, all internet connectivity shuts down. In the blink of an eye, the high-tech connected world he and others are used to is reduced to the pre-internet days. With the news spreading that the outage is widespread, Soph sets out in his car for the first time in years, relying on his map and his instincts to locate his mark. But before he can get to the lighthouse and his intended target, he must deal with Woofer’s mortality crisis, a missing Brewer, a road rage incident involving peaches, a roadblock of citizens out and about because no internet means no drones and nobody watching, and another appearance of a certain nasty elf. When he finds himself in a dimension no human has ever set foot in, he wonders just who is calling the shots, and how much they can see. When the dust settles and if the switch is ever turned back on, Soph may never look at the world as he understands it ever again.
As we pick up in the series just a year after the close of Dragon Nights, Soph and family seem to be thriving. Jen is bonding well with Tyr, Kayin, and Rocky and for the most part, Soph and Peth appear to have a shaky truce at best. But of course, in the Necroverse whenever things start to go well, there are about twelve things that can toss a monkey wrench into it. So, when the Brewer turns up missing Soph knows nothing good can come of this. Add in the fact that their friendly garden troll Wonjin has also departed for his note duties and Soph can’t help but feel the slightest bit concerned about leaving his girls alone while he takes care of his yearly business. I will admit that seeing Eleron again was quite the treat as I was quite the fan of the stuck-up, elitist elf when he first made an appearance in Necronote. Having him appear years later in the overall storyline was a shock. What happens with Eleron and Soph after he dares to threaten Jen in front of Tyr is something that I can only describe as a cross between Squid Game and the Truman Show. Without giving too much away, this was for me, the most entertaining section of the story and one that I hope Line explores in more detail in later installments.
With Kill Switch, Line has solidified that Soph and the Necroverse as the newest, most interesting universe. Next up in the series is “Witch Bitch” and if you have been following the storyline from book 1 this can only mean that Soph and Peth are going to butt heads. How this ends is anyone’s guess, but if I know Al K. Line, I know it will be entertaining.