Review: Satania by Fabien Vehlmann


Author: Fabien Vehlmann
Released: November 1st 2017
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 kitty rating

I received a copy of Satania from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This story is a bit of a blend between Darwin’s theory of evolution (on crack) and the Divine Comedy. I think the author was hoping to aim more for the former, but I didn’t feel it quite so much.

Charlotte (aka Charlie) has gone off on a crazy adventure in an attempt to find and rescue her missing brother. Unfortunately for her and the team that accompany her, this is anything other than an ordinary rescue mission. Things rapidly take a turn for the worse, followed by the unbelievable, and finally the unthinkable.

Charlotte’s brother believed in hell, and how it was connected to Earth through tunnels like the one he was researching in. Somehow his theory also connected back to Darwin’s theories, but I’ll admit I had trouble seeing that bit. Regardless, this belief ended up engulfing nearly a dozen people in its mystery.

This was an interesting tale, to say the least. It raises questions of perception and sanity – did the rescue team see any of what we were shown, or was it all a dream; something that their freezing brains came up with in their last minutes of life?

The concept of hell is not a new one, but I really do appreciate seeing new interpretations and twists on it. I’ve certainly never heard of a story that had both hell and evolution in its description before this one.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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