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Sight for Sore Eyes: The Price of Vision in Jeffery Haskey-Valerius's "The Cyclops' Eye"

Dive into the gripping narrative of "The Cyclops' Eye" by Jeffery Haskey-Valerius, a harrowing tale published by NineStar Press and promoted through RABT Book Tours. This dystopian novel unfolds the life of Henry, a teenager on the brink of confessing his love on the most dreaded day of the year: Drill Day, when students are forced to sacrifice their eyes for corporate greed. With a compelling mix of romance, suspense, and a critical look at society, this young adult novel isn’t just a book—it's a journey into a terrifyingly plausible world. Join the book tour now for a chance to win a $5 gift card and an ebook giveaway!

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My Review


"The Cyclops' Eye" by Jeffery Haskey-Valerius thrusts readers into a dystopian near-future where personal sacrifices aren't just expected; they are extracted, quite literally. Centering around Henry, a perennial underdog with a beleaguered past and a heart full of unrequited love, the novel explores the depths of desperation and the cost of hope in a society that values human parts over human wholes.

From the get-go, Haskey-Valerius crafts a palpable sense of dread that looms over Henry's day—Drill Day, a hauntingly invasive procedure by the healthcare giant Axiom. This is the day when the corporatocracy not only breaches school walls but also claims its pound of flesh—or in this case, an eye—all in the name of dubious "research." The narrative's tension is a slow boil, the heat gradually turned up as Henry navigates the hallways of his school and the hallways of his heart, teetering on the brink of professing his love for his best friend.

Henry is an intriguing protagonist, laden with the kind of cynicism that only a lifetime of hard knocks can imbue. His plan to declare his feelings, a rare glimpse into his hopeful side, contrasts starkly against the backdrop of his bleak daily realities. This dichotomy fuels the narrative, creating a character study that delves into what it means to seek personal redemption in a world that seems inherently unredeeming.

What makes "The Cyclops' Eye" particularly compelling is its critique of corporate overreach and the commodification of human bodies. Haskey-Valerius uses the grotesque yet fascinating concept of harvesting organs as a metaphor for the exploitation pervasive in our own reality—where corporations often prioritize profit over welfare. The absurdity of Drill Day serves as a chilling reminder of the sacrifices society demands from its youngest members, often without their consent.

Supporting characters orbit Henry with a variety of subplots and secrets, each adding layers to the central theme of visibility and sacrifice. Whether it's the sister who's already suffered at the hands of Axiom, or the best friend who may or may not reciprocate Henry's feelings, the author adeptly weaves these relationships into the larger narrative, enriching the protagonist’s journey and heightening the stakes.

Haskey-Valerius's prose is sharp, with a descriptive flair that brings the unsettling world of "The Cyclops' Eye" to vivid, often unnerving, life. Dialogues crackle with teenage angst and authenticity, propelling the plot while also providing necessary levity amidst the darkness. The pacing is relentless, mirroring the ticking clock that counts down to Henry’s moment of truth, both romantically and existentially.

In conclusion, "The Cyclops' Eye" is more than just a dystopian tale. It is a poignant commentary on autonomy, surveillance, and sacrifice. It challenges readers to question the parts of ourselves we are willing to give up for the illusion of safety and the promise of something better. For fans of dark, thought-provoking narratives that blend societal critique with heartfelt storytelling, this book is a must-read. It's a compelling reminder that sometimes, the most significant battles we fight are against the injustices we cannot see until they are staring us—quite literally—in the face.

1 Comment

Mike Law
Mike Law
May 12

This looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

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