The Oxygen Wasters

L A Greyson
L A Greyson (2013)
ISBN 9780989243506

Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (6/13)

Article first published as Book Review: The Oxygen Wasters – by L A Greyson on Blogcritics.

Imagine you one day go to meet your childhood best friend for a couple of drinks and find yourself involved in a vigilante type of murder organization. This is what happened to Eden. After meeting his friend he finds himself 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 “The Oxygen Wasters” by L A Greyson.

L A Greyson did a great job putting together a collection of tragic short stories all glued together through “the project” as John, Eden, 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 misspelling wasn’t a big deal as it was 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 it very hard to put down; even when not reading!

The characters were real. I could picture all of them in each situation with no problem, 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.  Also, it 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” by L A Greyson 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!

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