BookView Review: Mystics of Fortune by Mike Carlozzi

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Pub date March 31, 2022

ISBN 978-1088017654

Price $22.95 (USD) Paperback, $5.99 Kindle edition

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An ambitious tale of epic proportions, Carlozzi’s debut is set in the far-future where survivors live on a partially destroyed but rebuilding Earth led by an autocratic governing body. Ravaged by an apocalyptic event, Earth is mostly destroyed and ruled by the Reeves Corporation and Planetary Governing Union (PGU). When Jayden Vaut is banished from Earth and arrives on Oijult, a desolate planet that The Reeves Corporation uses to transport mystics and criminals, he takes refuge with the Nein, a dark mystic guild responsible for millions of nonmystic deaths. But an unfortunate incident forces Jayden to leave the Nein. He must find new allies if he wants to stay alive. Carlozzi has created a believable post-apocalyptic world: his darkly clever worldbuilding creates scenarios that seem far from unthinkable, from the fatal virus killing millions to oppressing political climate, severe socio-economic division, and paranoia, fear and greed running rampant, pushing humankind to the brink of complete destruction. The characterization is solid, with a large cast of characters navigating relevant issues of intolerance, acceptance, prejudice, violence on behalf of perceived insurgency, and how good people combat evil. There are multiple plotlines, but the multilayered storyline immediately becomes intimate, with readers experiencing the grand-scale action-packed events through the eyes of the characters. A deeply engrossing, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that fans of post-apocalyptic sci-fi won’t want to miss.


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