To wake from slumber, one must understand what they are willing to lose.
Welcome to the world of D09. The journey of five hopeless individuals wishing for a second dose of life. Their undeniable pain and yearning for belonging, unity, and love will broaden your appreciation for those around you. For death is only the beginning.
Last month I was honored to get an ACR for "D09: Afterlife, " an astounding book written by Ethan Vonday. @ethanvonday
The author has compiled an enthralling collection of five short stories in an artistic manner and festooned the narrative by the inclusion of relevant verses. Along with a captivating storytelling style, Vonday has a substantial potency of remarkable descriptive writing. Throughout all the stories, readers can experience a smart usage of literary devices including tactile and visual imageries. Surreptitious thoughts of protagonists and hallucinations are described in an elaborative manner that not only enhanced the core essence of surrealism but also proffered a dominant macabre tinge.
— Tamz De Tabraiz
D09: Afterlife is an upcoming psychological thriller short story book by @ethanvonday
When I saw Ethan's post about this book and approached him for an ARC, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the book would be THIS GOOD.
The stories are categorized into five chapters. Most of these stories deal with depression, insomnia, drug addiction, or suicidal thoughts. The world is so perfectly set that it makes you visualize every scene in the book. The characters are well developed and emotionally relatable. Each story is carefully constructed and the beauty of this book is that they all fit together to form a perfect puzzle.
It's like a perfect recipe for a psychological thriller with ample amounts of thrill, emotion and character vulnerability. My own personal favourite was Underwater.
I can't wait for this book to be released so I can buy a paperback version of it.
— Jemimah Jonah
I almost cried at the end when I realized what was going on! The ending was great! Is this based on Native American culture? Or some other culture? Love it! – CJ Quitoriano, Critique Partner
There is so much about this story that I love! Larz's perspective of the world is very exciting to read and he's also very relatable. I definitely didn't see the ending coming.– Ria van Monfort
Love the story. There are so many layers that involve being accepted and belonging. – Laura K-May, Critique Partner
I think this is perfect. I read the original and if anyone doesn't get that Larz is a fish at the very beginning they are not reading your story. I think you have an excellent way of prose and the transition is still very well done. If this was a short film, I think it would be phenomenal, you have a great visual style. – Hugh Anzi, Critique Partner
It was really great to watch you pick up your momentum and flow as the story went along. I think at the beginning there were a few awkwardly-phrased sentences, but as the story progressed, the flow seriously caressed in your momentum. Your grammar is spot on, though I am unsure on the italics and breaks and whatnot. I am simply not educated in that sense. However, it is a great read, and especially fits with your intro about your work in your profile. Bravo on your work! – Alejandro Cisneros, Critique Partner
I liked the way this story went from Larz and his mission to get a pearl and impress his friends. I got the very clear idea that he feels he doesn't fit in and is doing all he can to be part of something. It made a good contrast to the end. – Kelly Sweeney, Critique Partner