The Book of Virgil
Ten years ago, the world went sideways. Bombings, chemical attacks, and mass shootings rocked the World. A terrorist organization stepped forward to claim credit, and war was declared on an international scale.
New political groups rose to prominence and instituted police states in the name of security.
In Toronto Canada swaths of city neighborhoods have been evacuated and cordoned off to consolidate the populations. In response, a flourishing underworld emerged, where refugees can escape the heavy arm of the law. They subsist on the outskirts of known society, a hidden collection of Communities.
Virgil and his assistant, Lerina, exist within a grey area; working as black-market doctors for the crime families of Toronto to gain the necessary protection and tools needed to care for the Communities.
With discord and tribulation mounting all around, the limits of Virgil’s fortitude will be tested. And an unexpected revelation will force him to look at what sits in the shadows.
As someone who is extremely picky about what I choose to read, it can be challenging for me to find a book that I’m interested in that can also hold my attention for the entirety of the story(there are a lot of half read books in my storage—this is not one of them!). The Book of Virgil had an interesting synopsis, and I decided to give it a shot. The writer did a wonderful job at painting a picture of each scene, and eliciting a wide array of emotions. I became invested in the characters, and the lives that they were leading in this dystopian world. The people in the story came to life for me, and I found myself feeling eager to know what would come next. I tend to be an expressive person, and I literally found myself responding to certain parts of the story whether they made me surprised, frustrated, excited, or anxious. In my experience, if a story can actually cause you to feel something and have that type of connection, then it was done well. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!!!
I discovered this book through a series of posters with cryptic messages pasted in NYC subway stops. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the premise described on Amazon seemed interesting enough. At the same time, I am always interested in discovering new authors to check out. So, I figured I should give The Book of Virgil a shot and I'm glad I did.
I would definitely say that this book is a page turner. I tore through it rather quickly and savored every bit! Nero's style is so incredibly visceral and he has a knack for creating palpable suspense. There are parts of this book that had me feeling real anxiety and parts that made me physically cringe. And I think that this is a very commendable trait for a new author to possess. Visceral writing allows for me to achieve a more immersive reading experience. It also helps that the subject material is a very believable dystopian vision of humanity's future.
If The Sopranos and The Hunger Games had a baby, it would be The Book of Virgil. My understanding is that Nero has many stories stemming from this universe that he's created and I look forward to reading them all. I highly recommend this book--not only because it is a fun read, but also for those that would like to be part of the "in the know" literate crowd when HBO options it for a series. Kudos, Alan Nero, you've got yourself a new fan!
Nero breaks on to the literary scene with a visceral, suspenseful novel guaranteed to pull you into his world. Set in the not too distant future, the Book of Virgil is a gateway to a dystopian land of hope and despair, love and hate, crime and heroism. As the first part of a planned series, Nero describes a world brimming with possibilities and develops characters that will stick with the reader long after they have finished this book.