Everything’s Fine by Matthew Pridham

Everything’s Fine by Matthew Pridham
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Eric’s day is off to a rough start: his regional managers are in town, he’s running late to work, the moon seems to be falling apart, and he just can’t seem to get his tie right. At least he has his priorities straight: it’s the little things that matter. The world may be plunging into chaos, the neighborhood children might be mutating into abominations, but that doesn’t mean he can let his standards slip. If he and his co-workers can survive their nightmare walk to the office, then Eric has a plan for success…

Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe what’s happening here, but that’s a good thing!
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Eric didn’t react like most characters do in horror stories. While he acknowledged that there were some very bizarre and terrifying things happening in this neighborhood, he was so concerned about getting a promotion that he consciously chose to ignore them. I was so hung up on his weird reaction that I couldn’t wait to find out why even the sight of children mutating into things that never should have existed wasn’t enough to shake him out of the stupor he seemed to be in from the very first sentence. This is the sort of mind-boggling twist to normal human behavior that makes me yearn to learn more.

I would have liked to see some time spent explaining exactly what was going on with the moon and how it was affecting all of the scary things happening on Earth. As much as I enjoy coming up with my own theories about the science in science fiction, it sure would have been nice to have a little direction from the narrator about how all of these events were connected.

The gore fit the tone of the tale nicely, especially later on as the world continued to disintegrate and Eric realized that his block wasn’t the only place that had erupted into chaos by far. I do tend to be a little squeamish about that corner of this genre, but I thought the gory sections were written well and were completely appropriate for the subject matter.

Anyone who loves horror and dark science fiction should give Everything’s Fine a try.

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