(Trasmundo, Book 1)
by Varian Krylov
Release Day: August 6, 2015
Length: 236 pages
Length: 236 pages
Strange, quiet Luka doesn't live in this world; long ago he took refuge in his art, escaping into surreal mindscapes inspired by his favorite painters. In the beautifully monstrous realms of his imagination, he is safe from the pain of his losses: his family, his friends, his hope.
Until war breaks out, and he is forced to flee the only home he's known since he was thirteen.
Captured by an enemy soldier, young Luka is marched across brutal terrain, toward a fate known only by the bearded menace holding him prisoner. Quick with a knife, tireless and strong, Tarik guards the purpose of his mission as he takes Luka deeper and deeper into enemy territory.
When the soldier discovers the painful secret he has been hiding since childhood, Luka fears he is about to endure a new kind of cruelty, worse than being abandoned, ostracized or beaten. Or is it possible the soldier holding Luka prisoner is the one person who isn't afraid of the truth behind Luka's silence and lies?
5 of 5 stars
Oh. My. God. This book is amazing! The character development blew me away. Luka is broken perfection. His past torments him, his present is a living nightmare, and yet he still hopes for a better future. I can't remember the last time I read a character that touched my heart as much as Luka did; I was amazed by his bravery and I cried over his pain. If I could I would wrap him up in my arms, shower him with love, and protect him from all the ugliness in the world.
Luka's first encounter with Tarik... what can I say? I wanted to string the man up by his ankles. How could he even contemplate hurting someone who is so obviously in need of protection? Tarik is complicated, a mixture desperation and strength. He holds himself accountable to a personal code of conduct that is unique and strangely honorable but make his motivations hard to interpret.
Set in a contemporary alternate reality, Escape is a raw and brutally honest portrayal of humanity at its best and worst. Action, drama, horror, hope, adventure, darkness and light are uniquely blended together to bring this story to life. As always, Varian Krylov's signature writing style is bold, placing her books in a class of their own. The subject matter is emotionally charged, the ending left me breathless and wanting more. Readers will either love it or hate it, there is no middle ground. Either way, I guarantee you won't ever forget it.
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Since her girlhood in a sunny coastal town in California, Varian Krylov has nurtured a love of words and a curiosity about the deep, dark forces at work in human nature, especially sexuality, and how they often paradoxically twine with our tenderest impulses. Her stories tend to explore the sometimes fine line between what arouses, and what frightens, what we’re driven to, and what we’re ashamed of.
As witty and seductive as I am sarcastic and self-deprecating, I spend as much time as possible thinking and writing about sex. No, not dense, inscrutable post-feminist texts on media representations of gender and the body--that was grad school. I write stories--short stories, novels, and starting a few weeks ago, screenplays--most of which poke and prod and the dark little corners of human sexuality. In a sense, nothing's taboo, anymore. There's no act, no fetish that hasn't been made utterly banal in the proliferation of porn. What intrigues and excites me is the exploration of the conflicting impulses, the twisted psychology and turbulent emotions of people who find themselves unable to resist desires that lie beyond their own moral boundaries.