I just finished reading The Falling Away by T.L. Hines. The book follows the character Dylan Runs Ahead, a Native-American who has been “chosen” by God. Dylan, we learn is addicted to prescription pain killers, and after reading this book I can’t help but wonder if the author was on said painkillers while writing it.
I am admittedly a slow reader. It took and exceptionally long time for me to read this book. To me it was very confusing and difficult to follow the story line. Basically, Dylan gets into some trouble on a drug deal gone bad, and flees to a cult known as HIVE. There he meets Li, who turns out to be a demon trying to take up residence inside Dylan’s body. All the while Dylan is being pursued by Quinn, a member of the Falling Away. This odd group, if I correctly understood it, is essentially a collection of people with strange compulsions. Quinn, for example, used embedding to release the pressures she felt. The Falling Away was on a mission to track down and exorcise demons.
As I stated earlier, the book was very confusing and difficult to follow…at least for me. It seems as if the majority of the book was written to set up the climax in the last few chapters, which, in my opinion, was rather anti-climactic. This was my first time reading T.L. Hines, and it will most likely be my last. I just was not impressed with the story or the style of writing. For me this book was a waste of my time.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from http://www.booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.