Friday, March 15, 2013

Trilogy: A Collection - Review

Trilogy cover.jpgTrilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published December 27th 2012 by Outskirts Press

Trilogy: A Collection is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. Each of the main characters in these stories wrestles with extraordinary circumstances in an otherwise ostensibly ordinary world. All of the tales have their own moral and life lessons, which Prudence MacGregor aims for each reader to individually formulate, as life itself is not clear cut and is at the mercy of the subjective. Journey with the stories main characters as they navigate the unplumbed depths of the unknown.
The first story, Parallelograms, centers on protagonist Justine, a determined yet troubled young woman who, quite by accident, discovers that she has a double and thus finds herself facing unexpected and ultimately terrifying consequences. Her previously tightly controlled world spins out of control, causing her to question her very existence.
The second story in the trilogy, Random, concerns Ulyssa, a young woman who is intrigued by the possibility of releasing a balloon with a note and seeing where it lands. This seemingly innocent activity will take her down a dark path, the circumstances of which may or may not be resolved. This will conflict with the outwardly picture perfect world that she thought she inhabited.
The final title, Up There, focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by the airplanes he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen. An activity he previously saw as harmless and a bit innocuous -watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations - turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?

Parallelograms
Not the greatest of the three. The main character seemed kind of full of herself (but to be honest I couldn't connect with any of the three, it was like they couldn't be bothered by other people.) The story itself didn't have a lot going for it either. Not wanting to spoil anything let's just say "it just happens". No explanation, no conclusion, and no real "what the hell?" moment.
Except at the end when it does without a real end.
Compared to the other the creepy in the story just didn't work.

Random
My favorite of the three. Random saved the book for me. Right in the middle, the "I'm giving this book up if I can't get into this story" and "whoa that was good, what else you got?" point.
And really, whoa.
Again another "well I don't care if you fall down a hole character", (that's both how the character acts and how I felt about her. So I did find something in common with her.)

But she felt a little more comfortable and the story seemed slightly more realistic.
I know, I know weird thing to say but it made more sense being a ghost story.

Up There
A great finisher. Very Twilight Zone.
 

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