Mind’s Horizon: What They Don’t Know Might Kill Them
In a frozen Southern California, a group of survivors of the new ice age band together out of necessity. The cold is inhospitable, and food is scarce. Conflicting personalities and backgrounds threaten to undo the tentative teamwork of the assembled party as much as any of the elemental hardships, until Ira finds what may be a new haven. But what she uncovers may be worse than anything they have had to face in their new life.
Mind’s Horizon by Eric Malikyte is a cosmic horror narrative that is a gratifying homage to H. P. Lovecraft, and is fraught with tension and suspense akin to some of Dean Koontz’s early science fiction work. It is an intense blend of science and dark magic, and beyond the more fantastical elements is a cautionary tale of what world could easily succumb to.
The book is written in third person and switches points of view between the six survivors, but is told primarily through Ira’s perspective. Each of the character’s voices are unique and distinguishable from the others, and their individual motives and justifications make it possible for the reader to understand some of their more shocking decisions.
Ira is a protagonist that is easy for her audience to root for. Her story opens with her doing something reckless and plucky, giving the impression of a fearless adventurer. It’s only as the novel progresses that you learn how much she struggles to stand on her own two feet and oppose her brother Nico, the unofficial leader of their group, or how torn she is between Nico and her best friend Eddie, who fought on opposite sides of a second civil war before the ice overtook everything.
Mind’s Horizon is a very visual book, and the more horrific scenes are satisfyingly graphic. It is not for the faint of heart, but horror buffs will not be disappointed with this fast-paced post-apocalyptic suspense.