Revolver, by Michael Patrick Hicks, is a one-of-a-kind short story, a window into a world that feels all too real. With glimpses of George Orwell’s classic, 1984, and Stephen King’s, The Running Man, we’re injected into a quite dystopian world where people with no hope commit suicide on national TV in an attempt to earn money for their families.
If that sounds like a brutal concept, wait until you read the story. Hicks pulls no punches, bringing in topics that include politics, sexism, elitism, racism, and even abortion and gun control. Yet it’s so subtly crafted that the story doesn’t feel like a soap box rant but rather a glimpse at a stark and very possible future.
What really kicked this up a notch for me, was the way it ended. I won’t give it away, but Hicks proves he has studied his craft, delivering an ending where one wouldn’t expect it.
Don’t expect warm hugs and sunshine with this one, but highly recommended, especially for just $0.99. Seriously, these are the type of authors we need to be supporting. Go out and get this one today!