Review: The Park by Voss Foster (@mlsimmons, @vossfoster)

Posted February 21, 2016 by Melanie in Melanie, Reviews, Science Fiction / 24 Comments

Review: The Park by Voss Foster (@mlsimmons, @vossfoster)
The Park by Voss Foster
Series: Evenstad Media Presents #1
Published by Indie
Published on: December 29, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 242
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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12 Contestants
20,000,000 Dollars
1 Survivor

The Park: Evenstad Media's newest reality show. There are no laws. There are no rules. The only goal is to stay alive. But in Evenstad's arena, things are far from simple. Outfitted with strange new weapons, trapped in the dark, afraid for their lives, it's only a matter of time before somebody takes the first shot.

And all the while, the world watches. Some in disgust, some rapt, but all feeding Evenstad, and all oblivious to the horrors they're helping fund. By the time anyone notices, will there be time to put an end to it? Or will it be too late?

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I learned about this book when librarian Robin Bradford (@Tuphlos) tweeted about it during her #collectiondevelopment. The tweet included the cover and “So if the The Purge was real, on tv, and a gameshow? Great cover. Netgalley.” Now, I rarely go on Netgalley, especially for new-to-me authors. I usually only pick up books for authors I already know. This however, really caught my eye and I was in the mood for something completely different, so I decided to take the chance.

The Park is a really interesting idea. Basically, Evenstad Media has “randomly” chosen 12 people from 12 completely different backgrounds to play the game. They are put into a trailer park, each with a medallion that can be used as a weapon of some kind. Some are stronger than others, but there is a timer that will prevent them from reusing the weapon too quickly. The more powerful weapon, the longer between each use. There are also other of these medallions hidden around the park. Whoever is still standing at the end of the game, wins.

Now, I haven’t seen The Purge or any of the movies like that. I have read The Hunger Games, and this kinda has that feel to me. 12 players and play until there is one survivor. There are no children. The players are all adults. From the age of low 20’s to mid 80’s and everywhere in between. There is no preparing for the these games. The players just wake up there with a note pinned to their chest. The media corporation has more up their sleeve than just a gruesome reality show.

The story is told entirely from journal entries from the players, emails from the executives at Evenstad Media, and blog posts of people watching this game show. This is the part of the story that I didn’t like. I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more if it were told in a more traditional fashion, I might have enjoyed it more. I just didn’t feel that close to any of the characters and I think it was because of the journal entries. We really don’t get to see actual interactions between each of the characters. We don’t get to see any of the action scenes. There is also very little dialogue.

All in all, this was a very interesting story. It was a new take on science fiction and thriller that I think has some promise. I’m just not sure if this type of storytelling is meant for me. I’m just a very character driven reader and I didn’t connect the characters as much as I would like. It was a page turner though. I would recommend that if this is something that sounds interesting to you, that you check it out. At the time of this posting, The Park a free ebook download, so you can’t beat that price to check out this story.

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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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24 responses to “Review: The Park by Voss Foster (@mlsimmons, @vossfoster)

  1. Oh boy. This sounds gruesome! I haven’t seen The Purge either and I don’t have the inclination to simply because I can’t stand violent movies. Somehow, reading these kind of books is easier. Still, I need to stronger stomach for them, though.

    You’re braver than me. Lol.

    • This book really isn’t gruesome at all. Since it is all told from the point of view of journal entires, even when it talks about people being killed, it isn’t described in any detail. Personally, I think I would’ve liked it better if it was a little more detailed, especially with the fight scenes. I do watch horror movies. I liked the first few Saw movies and I’ve seen the first Hostel movie, which is really gross. They are hard for me to watch, mostly because I have to watch by myself because DH will not watch with me.
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  2. Huh! I’m intrigued. That’s different how its told more epistolary format. I recently read a YA Sci-fi told that way and it helped me get through the parts that would normally make me squeamish b/c it did distance me. I can see how that distancing would be tough when you want to be right in on the gritty action and with the characters as they are going through it.

  3. I mostly use netgalley to get new to me author books, it’s a great place to discover new to me authors. Although I also request books by authors I already know if they are there, but it seems there are way more books on there by authors I don’t know yet.
    It does sound a bit similiar to the Hunger Games and the medallion that can be used as a weapon thing does sound interesting and how every person has one of those.
    I do think the way the story is told would me bother me as well, I usually prefer standard way of telling a story and the journals, blog posts and such do sound like an original approach, but original ways of storytelling usually doesn’t really work for me. And yes I can see how that way of stroytelling would make it hard to connect to the characters and I usually like to connect to the characters. Great review!
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  4. When I saw the cover, my first thought was ‘gritty’. I’m guessing it was that. It is an interesting premise even if it has a familiar feel. (I haven’t seen The Purge either but I’ve read Hunger Games) I can absolutely understand the lack of connection with characters with this style of delivery, Melanie. I can see the style’s appeal but there’s just something about being able to see the characters interact, their reactions to things and each other, that really pulls you into a story. Guess I’m a character-driven reader as well. 😉 Kudos from trying something new, though!