Cruel World sets up with a teenage boy by the name of Quinn. He lives with his father and has never left home due to his birth defect, it’s not that he can’t it’s just the world is a cruel place. Life is pretty good for Quinn with his own teacher and an enormous house to live in due to his father being more than well off. But Quinn wants to live life on his own and see what the world has to offer, and as he is just about to venture out on his own life deals him another bad hand. His father becomes deathly ill along with his teacher, maid and other housekeepers. A new virus has swept across the country, one that makes H1N1 look like a picnic, one that has some horrible secrets.
Joe Hart builds the world around Quinn and his family with such finesse I felt I was part of the family. Everything feels so real it’s like you can reach out and touch it and feel the ocean breeze on your face as you sit with Quinn and his father looking out at the ocean. As things become bleak and the virus is spreading like a pool of water across the floor it’s clear this is no ordinary mess Joe Hart is creating. He takes the apocalypse to a whole new and crazy level in Cruel World and as the world falls apart the writing and tension are so great I was left wondering what the heck I had just read.
Alice and her little one Ty have stumbled across Quinn at his home in search of a supplies and transportation before her long trek to find her mother. As they make their way across the countryside horror after horror await them. The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, the action is non-stop and equally brutal in the world created within the pages of Cruel World. Each and every time Quinn and his traveling companion Alice think they have found a few minutes of rest they are soon cast into another desperate situation. Encounter after encounter lead to more desperation and disappointment as Quinn and Alice travel across the country in search of solace and answers to what happened. The world is cruel and unforgiving and the hope for a place of safety feels like a pipe dream but Quinn isn’t giving up that easy. Again I have been swept away by the writing of Joe Hart, whether a thriller, a murder mystery or now an apocalypse, his writing had me engrossed and I couldn’t put the book down and I couldn’t turn away from the horrors, as frightening as they were. This is another fantastic piece of writing from Joe Hart and for any fan of the Apocalypse like myself is a must read.
Length: 258 Pages
Publisher: Black Spine Books
Release date: December 2, 2014
Hidden away from the world by his famous father, Quinn Kelly strives to find meaning in his life while struggling with a deformity that has kept him from leaving the only home he has ever known. On the eve of his departure a sudden and deadly virus sweeps across the nation, killing nearly all it touches. Within days Quinn is left to fend for himself in an empty world.
But there is something still very much alive beyond the walls of his sanctuary, its malicious intent clear all too soon.
Joining forces with a young single mother and her blind son, Quinn must cross a dangerous and silent America in the search for refuge and a truth that may shatter his sanity and strip him of the last things he holds dear.
Joe Hart, biography
Joe Hart grew up on a lonely 91 acres of farmland in northern Minnesota and without many playmates or company, began writing when he was 9. His first literary love was Stephen King (and still is)-whose writing shaped his mind into the twisted mass it is now. He published his first poems at age 17 and his first collection of short horror stories at 29. He is currently working on a novel. He lives with his wife and two children in northern Minnesota. Joe loves hearing from readers, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.