The author gets the name of Caleb’s mother wrong but her life is sad, small and doomed even before Lucas starts his manipulations. Gail’s mother and a 16 year old Ben feature as does 20 year old Lucas. The who and more importantly the what of Lucas is strongly hinted at as are the eldritch abominations that lurk behind the Buck house.
This has father/son issues, manipulative friendships, twisted families, rednecks, an angry hippy and Lucas manipulates away. Everyone is vaguely disturbed by him but can’t resist him. This is a good unnerving town of a small town with a very grim secret. The author lifts the carpets of Trinity and they’re all infested with maggots.
“The Temple men tended to have a lousy life expectancy, but since they seldom bought life insurance, it wasn’t much of a concern.”
“She’s used trash.”
“She examined this gloomy thought as if it were a particulary repellent root, plucked from rotten soil,”
“I hate this town - there’s something sick here. Something rotten at its core.”
“It was, after all, Trinity, and corpses did have a way of turning up every now and then.”
He must overcome malfunctions and mutiny as he completes the long trek to the distant colony of Hope Nation. This was an okay tale in the spirit of ‘Starship Troopers’. The disturbing society that produced Seaforth is frightening: religious fanaticism, discipline out of the Napoleonic era, child labour, a ruling elite and a deliberately uneducated and discarded feral underclass. Seafort can see no problems with his society even as he is riven with doubt and emo self loathing brought on by quasi abusive upbringing.
“With the reforms of 2024, a lot of vices sort of disappeared. For example, women offering publicly to fornicate for money; you ever hear about that one?”