Beyond the Blue is the fifth and final book in the Awake in the Dark Series. New to the series? Get the first three books here: amazon.com/dp/B00W8FZUKU
All things must pass. Jeff Grobnagger knows this well enough by now. After the face melting events ofBack in Black, maybe he’s ready for the end.
An experiment with Amity goes weird, and all aspects of Grobnagger’s journey turn inward. New mysteries grant him peace, grant him the love for himself he could never locate before. And yet he finds himself alone again and fighting to stay that way, just as he started out, disappearing deeper and deeper within himself.
If you find a way to love yourself, do you really need anyone else? And where does that path lead? Divinity or damnation?
This becomes Grobnagger’s choice, and even if he doesn’t fully understand it, it will determine his fate: Life or death or something worse.
As I tucked in to finish the last instalment of the series I have absolutely fallen in love with, I was perhaps a little apprehensive. After all, was it going to be everything I hoped it was? (Let's take a minute to recognise those book series that ended with us throwing the book across the room.) I dove in, head first, held on for dear life and read.
I realise this review is somewhat personal so far, but bare with me. I'll get to the nitty gritty in a moment.
I'm going to take a moment to recognise the overall message in this series; the hidden-in-plain-sight-meaning that you see but never realise until the very last pages. All along I've relished in the wonderful idea that this series, this wonderfully and hysterically funny story, could be deeply meaningful.
And that's exactly what it was.
I've said it all along, and I'll say it again. This series is powerful. Meaningful. What can be described as a comedic saga about a guy who's a basic loner, is actually intensely important, and the final chapters tie this concept together perfectly. The philosophical layers of self-discovery are explored, and it's perfect.
What is clever about the fifth instalment of this series is reminiscent of the first - lonely. Isolated. Philosophical. Grobnagger is by far, one of my favourite characters for several reasons, but none more so than his realism. From the very beginning, he has exuded realistic behaviours and thoughts that draw the reader in and instil a sense of loyalty to this unsuspecting hero. His thoughts range from skittle flavours to deeply emotional decisions that will ultimately change the course of his life.
This series will grab you, shake you around and ultimately leave you in a state of bewildered awe. McBain and Vargus are well on their way to literary success, and this series is just the beginning.
Awake in the Dark is the most meaningful and innovative series I've read in years.