A dark secret hides in the swirling dust and exultant revelry of Burning Man.
Asha Amarasuriya is bored and struggling to get by as a martial arts instructor in Oakland. When an enigmatic seductress offers her a golden ticket, Asha decides to take a leap of faith and head to Burning Man. But there is more than meets the eye at the infamous desert pilgrimage and Asha gets sucked into a quest to unravel a sinister mystery at the heart of Black Rock City.
Will Asha and her friends survive to expose the shadowy conspiracy? By the time the Man burns, their lives will have changed forever.
©2016 Eliot Peper (P)2016 Eliot Peper
Brian's Book Blog
4.5 out of 5 stars
This was one of those books that I probably wouldn't have tried on my own (at first glance) if I didn't like the author. I'm not someone who is super interested in Burning Man, but I have to be completely honest with you -- this one surprised me.
Jennifer O'Donnell narrates Neon Fever Dream and does a wonderful job. I really like the way that her narration frames Peper's work. It's easy to listen to without being jarring or lulling you to sleep. This isn't my first or last O'Donnell narrated audiobook.
The start of the book was definitely a character building moment -- but it quickly switched into high gear and things started to fall quickly into place. Honestly, once I thought I understood what was going to happen with this book it took another twist that I didn't see coming. I love a book that can do that. I read a good amount of books and any book that can keep me on my toes is a winner in my book.
Asha as the main character worked for me. Peper has this way of writing these strong and powerful women -- but still make them vulnerable. Not to the lay person, but Asha (and Peper's other leading ladies) always have that one person or vice that will break them down and allow them to be themselves. It's refreshing to read a strong and powerful leading lady that feels real. Peper is always able to write someone like that, and Asha definitely falls into this category.
Honestly, I can't do a "proper" review, since talking about a lot of the best parts would really be just giving you spoilers. Let's just say, if you like thrillers and books that keep you guessing, Neon Fever Dream should definitely be an enjoyable book for you.
I received a free copy of this book, this did not affect my review of this book at all.
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