Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Pages: 118 (.pdf)
Characters: Dae, Coby
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Futuristic/Dystopian Fiction
Biker gangs known as regulators rule the streets of a war-torn city with hate and pain—their cruelty is etched into every inch of Dae’s battered body. He has never known anything but hurt from the hands of men …until he meets Coby.
When the new regulator rides into town and takes an interest in him, Dae is unwilling to believe that anyone who is a regulator can be a gentle, caring lover.
Is Coby strong enough to protect Dae and his sister Delia when there’s hell to pay in the form of McBane?
In a land decimated by war, where vigilantism reigns as the only form of justice, it’s a game of survival—survival of the fittest, survival of the resilient, survival of the fearful who live with the status quo because it’s the only shot at living at all. In a land decimated by war, violence has become a way of life. Rape, torture, brutality, contempt for the weak, it’s a world of predator and prey, a world of scavengers that feast upon the remains of humans who were once more than the very dregs of the food chain. Here is a regression of humanity, where kindness and compassion are as alien as the landscapes that Dae and his sister, Delia, once called home.
The brother and sister have managed to survive the best way they know how in this world where there is no such thing as love and tenderness—only hate, misery, and pain. Dae is a brother who will willingly sacrifice himself time and time again to carry out his duty as protector to his sister and a young girl whom they now shelter. Dae is the sanctuary that gives refuge to Delia and Maeve, protecting them from the physical suffering at the hands of the Regulators, the gangs who terrorize and desecrate everything their victims once valued.
Dae’s scars, both the physical and emotional, serve as an enduring reminder of the hardships he bears, the price he pays, the cost to his soul each time he must suffer at the hands of his abusers in order to keep his family safe. Dae is a young man who defends the weak and the innocent in the only way he knows how—by submitting, by allowing his body and mind to be violated repeatedly to keep his family from suffering the same abuse. Dae will do whatever it takes to protect Delia and Maeve. But who will protect Dae?
In a world where there is no such thing as empathy and mercy, how can Dae place his trust in the enemy? How can he have faith in a man who is not much more than a boy himself, one who shows Dae that a touch can bring pleasure rather than pain, one who shows Dae that the kiss and touch of a stranger is more real than the bitter memories of the beatings and humiliations he’s suffered at the hands of the familiar. How can Dae learn to trust in a man who sees not what he can take, but all that he can give?
J.M. Snyder’s Scarred is a story that rocked me to my core. The sense of hopelessness, the sense of desolation that marks the way of life for Dae, the utter and irrevocable acceptance of his place in life, the faith that he will one day lose everything he is and everything he loves because he can’t bear to remain present in his current circumstances—all of it creates the perfect atmosphere for this post-apocalyptic, dystopian world.
But like the beauty of the human spirit, the will to persevere, the hope that sometimes springs from the direst of circumstances, this story finds its way along, offering the promise that love will always find a way.
Scarred has most definitely found its way onto my list of books I could read over and over again.
Reviewed By: Lisa