- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Inc. (April 18 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770531726
- ISBN-13: 978-1770531727
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Patch Project Paperback – Apr 18 2018
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"A glittering debut! In The Patch Project, Brittni Brinn crafts a fully realized post-apocalyptic world devastated by scientific hubris, in which survivors search for sanctuary while being pursued by their own past, present, and future. Brinn's characterization is compelling. The mystery of self-identity challenges her survivors as they wander through a labyrinthine wilderness, where they learn to negotiate the benefits and dangers of their new and surprising powers." - André Narbonne, author of Twelve Miles to Midnight
"Intelligent storytelling, intricately-developed characters, and an overwhelmingly surreal sensibility elevate The Patch Project to the upper echelon of speculative fiction. Akin to the more outré work of Samuel R. Delany meets the literary precision in language of Phyllis Gotlieb. Recommended!" - Alexander Zelenyj, author of Songs for the Lost
"Through lush and personal writing, Brinn follows these lost souls as they question their lives before, what their lives have become, and what awaits them in their possible future - if anything at all. Adding to the dystopian framework is a dash of sci-fi wonderment as each character discovers a newfound ability - whether it be jumping forward in time or the power to heal. Fans of cerebral sci-fi are sure to enjoy The Patch Project." - Elizabeth J. M. Walker, author of This Night Sucks and She Dreamed of Dragons
"An unfathomable catastrophe strikes: The Patch Project tells the tales of a few people who manage to get by in its wake. Its vivid scenes hint at the larger storyworld beyond the safety of a house (or convenience store) walls. Refreshing and tantalizing, this story matches unexpected characters and scenarios with anticipated confrontations." - Brent Ryan Bellamy, PhD (English and Film Studies, University of Alberta)
About the Author
Brittni Brinn was born Brittni Ann Carey in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied English and Drama at Concordia University College of Alberta (now Concordia University of Edmonton) before moving to Windsor, Ontario for graduate studies. She received her M.A. of Creative Writing in 2015. She co-hosts Hardcover: A Literary Podcast and writes plays for Paper-Knife Theatre. Besides books, her interests include coffee, songwriting, and cyborgs.
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Looking forward to further work from this fresh, new voice.
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This does not read like first novel. It is so well crafted there are sentences that just beg to be read out loud (good thing I wasn’t reading it on a bus). The quirky characters draw you into their world and quickly make you a part of it. And you want to stay there. Through all their sometimes harrowing experiences, the book maintains a positive atmosphere. The ending came much too soon, I was far from ready to leave their world. I hope the sequel is not long in coming!
I really enjoyed this unique take on a post-apocalyptic world. The inner battles and development of each character were reflected well in the personal changes caused by The Event.
Something odd happened to the world, the ‘Event’ they call it, and nothing was ever the same since, after most of the people vanished. May can feel the presence of others, even though she doesn’t understand it; Isak, her husband, travels through time, but only forwards and it seems to be based on events and desires rather than specific destinations; Ed can control electrical impulses with his mind; and Pinot is a troubled young girl lacking direction. These are just some of the characters in Brittni Brinn’s post-apocalyptic novella, ‘The Patch Project’.
‘The Patch Project’ is a quick and engaging read, with interesting and complicated characters. Their world is at the same time both alien and familiar, and it is slowly unveiled to both the reader and the denizens at the same time. When their sense of community and safety is threatened, they must confront what they are willing to do to survive and thrive in this world that none of them really understands anymore.
I enjoyed my read-through of the novella, but I do feel as though the ending comes on a bit abruptly. I think the story might have benefited from another ‘part’ (there are two), to give some more closure for more of the characters. As such, we will just have to wait for the second part of this story, as I have been told there is a sequel on the way.
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