Author: Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Publisher: Nightscape Press, LLP
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Dark SciFi, Adult Fiction
Book Description: June Nilman is a woman with thousands of personalities in her head and none of them are her own. Stricken with amnesia and trapped in a room in an abandoned hospital, her caretaker, Nurse Maggie, wants her to remain captive forever. At night June hears creatures patrolling in and out of the hospital, and in time discovers Maggie has mental control over them. In planning her escape, June has an extensive catalogue of minds to probe for help, but dipping into the minds of her mental prisoners is often a practice in psychological endurance. Escape seems impossible until June discovers a rat hole in the wall– the starting point of her freedom. But freedom in this war-torn world may be more dreadful than she ever imagined. Dungeon Brain is a locked room mystery of the body and mind that expands across the realms of science fiction and horror.
This is the first time I’ve read dark scifi and needless to say I was not prepared. The book was very well written. I loved that the book started off with the reader being as confused as June. She wakes up with no memories of who she is or where she is. As we continue to read we learn along with her what is going on and what happened to June. I kept reading because I was intrigued and wanted to know where this story was going to go. The writing was very well – in my opinion. I could follow along and visualize what was happening. I felt like I could understand what the characters were feeling even if I didn’t really connect to any of them.
I was also grossed out about a lot of the things that happened in this book. Which is good because it’s supposed to be dark and disturbing. What I didn’t like much about this book is I felt it was a bit slow going at certain parts. There were times where I just didn’t feel like picking up the book. I slugged through and am happy that I did. While I didn’t like how this book ended it was well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dark scifi. I wouldn’t exactly qualify it as horror because it wasn’t innately scary, but it was very dark and gory.
While I didn’t like the story I do have to admit that I felt plenty of emotion while reading this book. I think that any book that can make you feel something is probably a good book (unless the emotion is rage/hate because the writing is bad… that’s something different). I felt LOTS of rage when reading this book. And it was the type where I just wanted to throw it out the window when I finished but sadly I couldn’t because I was reading it on my kindle. There might also be some mental scarring at some of the things in this book.
WARNING!!!! This book does contain a rape scene. While it is between two women and no penetration occurred it does qualify as rape. There is also quite a bit of gore so be prepared.
Book won through a LibraryThing giveaway.
My Rating: ★★★ .5