Imagine you one day go to meet your childhood best friend for a couple of drinks and find yourself involved in a vigilante murder organization. This is what happened to Eden. After meeting his friend he is recruited to kill five people, evil people; the type of people who hurt others because they can; the type of people who they categorize as The Oxygen Wasters. He has to find the subjects and once approved by the organization, he has to kill them. If he doesn’t, his friend’s family and his own family will be killed. This is how the reader’s journey begins in L A Greyson’s novel.
The writer does a great job putting together his collection of tragic short stories, all glued together through “the project,” as John, Eden, Ari and Cliff embark on their mission to make a better world and keep their families from being killed. Although I loved all of the stories and found Greyson’s writing style entertaining and engaging, there were a couple of minor things that pulled me out of the story, i.e., a couple of misspellings and some superficial dialogue. The first wasn’t a big deal as it occurred very seldom but, as a writer I believe that there were a couple of spots that the dialogue was a little unreal, especially with female characters. Having said that, I must say that the stories were so engaging and real that I found the book very hard to put down.
The characters were believable. I could easily picture all of them in each situation; I laughed with them, and cried with them as they went through their horrible situations. I felt especially connected with Ari’s stories, as I have met so many people who have lived through somewhat similar circumstances. The book was a fast-paced and easy read because it felt like short stories, as we traveled to different places and visited different lives
I definitely think that The Oxygen Wasters is a read for adults, but believe that young adults would benefit from learning what some people must go through to survive, and how there are predators who prey on less fortunate, desperate people. A great book!Powered by Sidelines