My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received Garbage Man to read for review. Joseph D’Lacey starts off with a rapid-fire sequence of vignettes establishing the groundwork for the story. We meet the people of Shreve. We meet the town landfill that is on the boundary of the town. Each character has an issue that impacts the story some way. These issues are presented in stark detail. D’Lacey is so good at getting you into the story, that I had to set the book down for a bit and compose myself. It takes quite a bit to get me there.
Mason Brand is the main character of the story. He is a retired photographer that was at the top of the London scene. He walked away from the fame and isolated himself in search of something. He found his answers in the form of an elderly farmer that taught him certain things about nature and balance. Brand sets into motion the events of some have described as an environmental apocalypse.
Fueled by the wastes of Shreve and the problems of the community, the garbage rises up. We are witnesses to the evolution, to the revolution. The story departs from environmental and social issues, while we all flee. D’Lacey drops us into the action. It becomes a survival adventure full of new horror.
I am so glad I put on a brave face and kept reading. The story was well worth it!
FTC Disclaimer love. ARC received from publisher after accepting invitation from the author.