Title: Read No Evil
Author: Steven W. White
Category: Drama / Fiction / Action / Mystical / Technology
Length: 245 pages
My Rating: 8/10
This novel follows the main character, Jan Fitzgerald, who is an English teacher at a regular high school. She starts to notice people in the community are acting… different. Some are essentially zombie like before they go missing, there is graffiti everywhere asking, “Where is the Philosopher?” One of her students runs his truck in to a local store and then kills himself. Murder, suicide, and overall aggression become much more predominant in the small, quiet town she inhabits.
Another of her students, Aaron, approaches her. He lives with his sister, and she has suddenly gone missing, leaving behind nothing but a note that says, “Going to see the Philosopher, going north!”. He has a theory that a popular ebook is the root of the problem, but is unsure as to how it is influencing people. So he enlists Ms. Fitzgerald to help him solve the mystery. She is unsure about the theory, not knowing how a book could influence someone to do something against their nature.
Soon, Ms. Fitzgerald is entangled in more than she ever thought was possible. Will she be able to figure out what is going on and stop it, or will she completely lose herself in the process?
This novel was fairly reminiscent of Cell by Stephen King. Enjoyable, but almost makes you a bit fearful of technology, and if you allow yourself to ponder, you can truly start to wonder about the power of a book and what it can do to you. It’s sort of two books in one, because The Scroll of the Dark, the book that is the “craze” in this novel, is also featured. You end up reading a fairly good bit of the book while keeping up with the outside activities. Definitely worth a read!