The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

Synopsis: There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns, they remove the redundancies, and the problem that is you gets solved.

Carey doesn’t much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching the strange kids with the unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn’t care about the rumors of tarmonsters in the sewers, or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene—all he wants is drink cheap beer and dispense asskickings.

Kaitlyn isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there’s an angel outside her apartment.

Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left of it.

There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.

We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.

Review: As soon as I saw the word « angels », I was intrigued by the story. Moreover, I must say that we have a fairly specific vision of these beings and they are often always kind and caring. It’s true that it was quite surprising that the author did not play on this table and at the same time, this is what is the most intriguing. It’s a completely different story from what we usually have.

We follow in this novel three different points of view, although it is actually two. I will start ith the first of them which appears infrequently. These chapters do not last very long and are spread out on a few pages. It must be said that it is quite difficult to really locate this character. The name is never given and everything remains rather vague but we understand that the protagonist is evolving through a phase that will change him forever. As I said these passages are difficult to pinpoint, but as we advance in the story we understand a bit more about what’s going on.

But now back to the two other points of view that we actually follow throughout history. We first follow a young punk, Carey, evolving in 1977, a street boy who only thinks of girls and of drinking beer all day. But everything changes the day he discovers that some strange creatures live in the city, creatures that seem to kidnap and kill some of his friends. Refusing to let go, Carey is determined to understand what is happening and to place himself in the path of these anomalies to complicate their task.

Secondly, we follow Kaitlyn, a young woman living in Hollywood in 2013 and who wishes to become a stunt unlike many girls working there. Things start to get weird when she realizes that an angel lives not far from her street but everything messes up when at a party, she meets with her childhood idol. Marco has it all, or that is certainly the case until he starts acting strangely… Because of that, our heroine tries to avoid him like the plague. Moreover, as her best friend disappears, Kaitlyn will end up just like Carey in a world she does not know about. But fortunately, the young woman will cross the path of Carey to help her in her quest.

I loved to follow this story. It was interesting to play between the past and present protagonists. Carey is found in both parts while he passes from a main to a secondary character and it’s true that it was interesting to see what he became and what happened exactly. We easily like both and we stay passionate by all the events they go through to understand more about these strange angels. I found that the author had perfectly created an unusual atmosphere for his novel and the story itself is very different from what I’ve read so far.

Yes I was quickly carried away by all this and I had a great time with the whole novel. I am curious to read more about the writings of the author at present.

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22 thoughts on “The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

  1. Though I haven’t decided if I like it or not I do find the cover interesting. Like those ink blot tests, I see a skull with a punk rocker to the left and a man with a goatee beard to the right but yes, I see how blodeuedd sees a clown.

  2. I’ve heard some good things about this book, some very fun and unique ideas. I wouldn’t have figured such an eclectic mix of elements just from seeing the cover alone (it freaks me out a little, actually!) but I’m glad to hear it worked for you! This is on my watch list, I may give it a read one day 🙂

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