Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Adult literary science fiction (In short, not one of my typical YA books or reviews)
Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.
Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.
Yes, all in one book.
It is a children’s story for adults with a happily ever after ending.
This was a strange book. Very strange. Somehow incorporating aliens while bringing awareness to child abuse.
Despite the weirdness, I did enjoy this book very much and support the cause of trying to stop child abuse 100%.
Lacy Dawn is a very interesting protagonist because she’s a child, yet very intelligent. More so than most of the adults in her life.
When Lacy Dawn first mentioned DotCom I honestly thought he was some kind of inanimate object that Lacy Dawn talked to, or an imaginary person she invented. And then we met DotCom and the book just got stranger from there.
I still don’t quite understand how DotCom managed to “cure” Lacy Dawn’s parents like that, but whatever he did, it worked wonders for Lacy Dawn’s life afterwards.
I was so sad at what happened to Faith and how people could do that to their children.
I also didn’t want to read this in front of my friends because DotCom’s body part ahem was mentioned in like every other chapter towards the end.
It’s a book definitely for more mature readers and sexual themes are involved. Though there is no explicit sex, there are sexual references.
All in all, I would say that the strange combination of science fiction and an important topic like child abuse would be something that turns into a disaster, but Rarity from the Hollow wasn’t that at all.
About the Author:
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines:Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
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