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Blog Tour Review: Dusk Upon Elysium – Tamel Wino

Today I am posting my review as part of the blog tour for ‘Dusk Upon Elysium’ by Tamel Wino, thank you to Henry Roi PR for my review copy.

About the Author:

Tamel Wino is a Canadian award-winning, dark fiction author from resplendent British Columbia whose works focus largely on degeneration of sanity and morality. He studied Health Sciences and Psychology, which only furthered his interest in human nature. 

With inspirations including Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Edgar Allan Poe; Tamel’s expositions are strongly grounded in traditions of dark fiction. Yet, with his bold narrative voice and incisive plot construction, Wino is paving a new movement within the space.

When he’s not reading or scribbling away on his laptop, Tamel loves listening to jazz, rewatching good ol’ classic shows and traveling.

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Dusk Upon Elysium

From the award-winning creator of Ékleipsis comes a dystopian narrative of affliction and obsession.

The world as we know it is forever lost. A deadly virus has scourged the planet and ravaged billions. Under the harsh ruling regime, survivors were “cleansed” and confined to isolated units, perpetually tormented by hunger, desolation, and desperation.

Among them is Geoff, a researcher for the trailblazing Paradiso, an authority-regulated virtual-reality program that allows users to momentarily escape their waking lives via implanted chips. He is devoted to perfecting the system—a vessel to preserve future hopes and dreams, where immense worlds prevail, brimming with vast possibilities.

But before long Geoff finds himself thrusted into the darkest recesses of these alternate realities, where he must confront not only his past but persevere against the unknown, fighting for his very existence.

Is all this magnificence just a grandiose illusion? Could there ever be salvation from the living hell into which mankind has plummeted?

See the book on Amazon here.

“What instantly sets this novel apart from other post-pandemic Dystopian offerings is the natural, easy elegance and poetry of Wino’s prose. Cleverly imagined and brilliantly executed, this little gem of a novel opens with a chilling prescience before becoming a gripping descent into the heart of a terrifyingly credible future.”

My Review:

I received a review copy of ‘Dusk Upon Elysium’ by Tamel Wino from Henry Roi PR in return for my honest review.

This dystopian book is set in a world where a virus has swept through the world, killing many and with the remaining people physically forced into lockdown.

Their main job is to work on a program called Paradiso which gives people the chance through virtual reality and chips implanted inside them to view a world as it used to be.

Geoff is one of the developers, and as the program develops is swept into the world of Paradiso.

Is everything as it seems? Will Geoff want to leave Paradiso?

This dystopian story had me drawn in completely as Geoff tries to work out what is happening in the program and whether it should be acting the way it does.

The story itself is terrifying, the way people were forced into lockdown with such force and with such horrifying scenes on the way. I’m surprised more people didn’t resist, but I suppose there were other punishments involved which meant this wasn’t possible.

I liked Geoff, Dawn’s, and Rob’s characters as they were exploring their grief and just getting with on what they need to do to survive.

Overall, a terrifying and gripping dystopian book where in a life of lockdown and virtual reality.

My Rating:

💜💜💜💜.5 /5

This Blog Tour continues until 17.10.22, so take a look at some of these other posts:


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