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Urban Limit is a rip-roaring genre-bender!
on May 23, 2016
Urban Limit is a rip-roaring genre-bender! For me, that's a good thing. Within a single genre such as mystery, the characters all have to play by a pretty well-established set of rules. Steve Zell's new book actively crosses genres from action to fantasy to horror with mystery and current events thrown in to spice things up. What that means is the reader never really knows what "the rules" are in this world and, in turn, that means that anything can (and does) happen. Because I couldn't predict what would happen next (somewhat unusual for me) the book became a page-turner, feeding my curiosity to constantly know what the next chapter would bring.
Urban Limit takes place in the wilderness of Oregon, and Zell expertly captures it as if it's another character in the book (Oregon winter storms can transport your surroundings from beautiful to unforgiving and dangerous in a matter of minutes). In addition, the story is told from the alternating perspectives of each of four family members (and a few other locals); this really helps each character's sub-plot come alive as they experience things in parallel, while slowly providing clues to the reader on the larger picture that none of the individuals has access to. Overall, the book's action gets moving very quickly, and it doesn't slow down. On a personal note, I'm amazed at Zell's ability to bring realistic detail (without boring the reader) to so many differing aspects he included in his story (the technology industry, software development, animation, music production, fencing, Olympic training, Internet gaming, online communities, etc.).
If you can't tell, YES, I recommend this book! If you choose to read it, buckle up, keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, and remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop! Enjoy!