"Full Immersion" Book Review
Written by Zach Rosenberg
Published by Angry Robot
Written by Gemma Amor
2022, 400 pages, Fiction
Released on September 13th, 2022
Full Immersion is Gemma Amor's first traditionally published novel. It is also a masterpiece.
Magpie is a woman who discovers her own dead body, prompting her to attempt to uncover the truth of her strange demise. Such a journey takes her on a twisting, mind-bending sojourn all throughout reality as a mysterious predator known as the Silhouette pursues her.
From the start, Full Immersion a novel of suspense. Gemma Amor puts us right into Magpie's head, allowing us to see her thoughts, her fears, her hopes and all that affects her as the mysteries of the situation unfold. With little time wasted, Magpie is made into a sympathetic but realistically flawed character. Those around her vary in regards to morality and even the most ruthless people are ultimately human and possess redeeming qualities.
What sets Full Immersion apart is not the horror it contains, but the compassion. This is a book of depression, of self-destruction. The novel draws on experiences with post-natal depression to construct a touching story. The writing makes us feel for Magpie, for all she has been through and everything she has endured. The mystery is taut, well-paced and written, and the haunting portrayals of the Silhouette linger as a terrific example of horror.
This is a novel that works for the compassion it presents. Compassion for its lead but also compassion for its readers. Magpie's journey is a reminder that such pains are not suffered alone. From the start to the haunting ending, Full Immersion is incredible.
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