The Reader of Acheron
By Walter Rhein
Review By Jacob Pelley
Book One of the Slaves of Erafor series: Reading is forbidden, and the penalty for non-compliance is a life of slavery enabled by the forcible administration of a mind rotting drug. Yet, there are those possessed of the will to seek illumination. Kikkan, a former slave on the run, and Quillion, a mercenary and self-taught scholar. Together they seek out a small band of rebels living in hiding who offer the promise of a better world. Their leader is a mysterious figure known only as The Reader of Acheron
All great societies come to an end one day. From the ashes something new arises. Will it be better or worse than before? The Reader of Acheron is set after the modern world has fallen and society lives in a new dark age of humanity. Reading is a crime punishable by death or worse. Slavery is common and accepted practice once again. Slaves are worked to death and put on mind altering drug called Bliss to keep them in order. Without reading and only crude writing humanity is on the decline. This book follows three main Characters Quillion, Cole and Kikkan. I enjoyed Quillion and Coles adventure a lot more than Kikkan. There is another Character, but I can’t give that away without a little spoiler, but know there is also someone else. The back and forth between different characters is important and relevant. Some authors like to put in side quests or pointless detours from the story to keep people interested in the overall experience “looking at you fantastic beasts the crimes of grindelwald’. Walter Rhein did a great job of making the jumps impactful and relevant. Even though I did not look forward to the Kikkan parts as I did Quillion he was just as important to the overall story.
Quillion– Is sell swords from the north looking for a better deal. Like most sell swords his loyalty is to his himself, but know his place in the world. A place that he always questions. Quillon is a philosopher,scholar and survivor most of all. His motivations don’t change much in the book only his thirst for knowledge. Quillon keeps a secret that could get him killed and shares it with few others. I found Quillion to be the most relatedable person in this book. Cole is like his sidekick for now.
Kikkan– lives the life of a slave. I would write more than that, but if you read the book you will know why this is the only thing I want you to know. His character development is more of world development.
Recommendation and Ratings
If you are a fan of Dystopias, Post Apocalyptic, Philosophy, Fantasy or Science Fiction this book could be for you. Books that are similar: Brave new world, Ender’s game, Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, Hunger games and The Story of Philosophy. There are some dark parts in this story, so it is not for people under the age 13. Some of the things Kikkan did was hard for me as a parent hard to handle. If you have little ones it will be hard for you to. I am interested in learning more on how this world works with reading and writing the way it is. This books was well edited and I only had a few problems with it. For example using the word suddenly more than once in a book. This is a easy read and most people should be able to finsh it in a few sittings. Over all I give this book 4/5. This book is part of a series and you can find the second over at Amazon