Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor

Trilogy: A Collection is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. Each of the main characters in these stories wrestles with extraordinary circumstances in an otherwise ostensibly ordinary world. All of the tales have their own moral and life lessons, which Prudence MacGregor aims for each reader to individually formulate, as life itself is not clear cut and is at the mercy of the subjective. Journey with the stories main characters as they navigate the unplumbed depths of the unknown. 

The first story, Parallelograms, centers on protagonist Justine, a determined yet troubled young woman who, quite by accident, discovers that she has a double and thus finds herself facing unexpected and ultimately terrifying consequences. Her previously tightly controlled world spins out of control, causing her to question her very existence. 

The second story in the trilogy, Random, concerns Ulyssa, a young woman who is intrigued by the possibility of releasing a balloon with a note and seeing where it lands. This seemingly innocent activity will take her down a dark path, the circumstances of which may or may not be resolved. This will conflict with the outwardly picture perfect world that she thought she inhabited. 

The final title, Up There, focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by the airplanes he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen. An activity he previously saw as harmless and a bit innocuous -watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations - turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?

Trilogy reminded me quite a bit of The Twilight Zone.  Normal people, doing everyday things, then something odd happens that twists everything up and changes the entire perspective.

Trilogy is a short novel, but it really packs a punch with it's clever twists and unique characters.  Three different people in different walks of life whom's lives are never the same again after something happens.  I have to say of the three stories, the last one featuring Gregory and the airplane watching is by far my favorite.  That's not to say that the other stories weren't well written and just as riveting. 

If you enjoy unique fiction with a supernatural twist, you won't want to miss this well written collection.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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