Today on the blog I have the lovely Logan Turner from Logan E. Turner.com. She’s here to talk about why she loves Watchers so much (it’s one of my all-time faves too), and to offer a giveaway of the book to one lucky winner! It’s INTERNATIONAL, ya’ll, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post, and welcome Logan to the blog!
From a top-secret government laboratory came two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose. Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation.
Einstein and the Outsider are the true heart of this book. Both are the result of military genetic experiments, and they represent a kind of good-vs.-evil dichotomy. Einstein is so smart he can communicate with humans. He’s the golden boy (quite literally) and the show pony. He is the example of the good we can achieve with science.The Outsider is the yang to Einstein’s yin. He is brutal, ruthless, a killing machine. He was bred to fight and be the ultimate warrior. He is abhorred, feared, and shunned. He is everything that can go wrong when we start tampering with evolution.By now you’re probably wondering where the tears come in. As a die-hard animal softy, where this book really shines is in its exploration of emotion. The Outsider, it seems, was bred with little regard for his sentient nature. Though he is an animal, he can still feel emotions. He is fully capable of recognizing that Einstein is revered while he is loathed. His jealousy, built up over many years, threatens to consume him, and his hatred for Einstein is only matched by his hatred of himself. Throughout the book, it is hard to dislike the Outsider without also feeling sorry for him. Dean Koontz captures these rival emotions in not only the animals, but the humans as well. Travis and Nora also have to confront difficult situations and horrible people. They struggle to understand this amazing dog and the people who both created and pursue him. As we follow these four characters toward their inevitable showdown, it’s hard not to get caught up in their frustration, anger, and love. The climax of this book has one of the most memorable scenes I’ve ever read, and it hits you like a sucker punch – hard and dirty. There are no clear winners here, nor are there easy answers.
I don’t read many books more than once, but this is definitely one of them. I never get tired of the story, characters, or message. It’s by no means preachy, but more like a gentle probing into what makes animals tick, and what happens when we stick our science where it doesn’t belong. It manages to make me fall in love with Einstein, and weep for the Outsider. Neither of them can help their nature or how they are perceived, and both of them struggle to understand their lot in life. They make you question what is truly evil in this world, and they make you acknowledge how much responsibility we have to the things we create. I love this book with my entire heart, mind and soul, and it will always be among my favorites.
Of course, I couldn’t possibly lavish a book with this much praise without giving a copy away, so I am gifting one copy to a lucky reader through The Book Depository! That means it’s open internationally, as long as you live in a country where The Book Depository ships.
You do not have to be a follower, but I appreciate it all the same!
You must be 13 years of age, and the contest will end July 5th.
To enter, simply fill out THIS FORM.
Thank you to Kristin at My Bookish Ways for letting me be a part of the My Favorite Things event! Good luck!