Book Review- The Electric Coma Dream



The Electric Coma Dream by Matthew Gillies
Published by Flinch Publications on July 9, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy
Pages: 332

The Electric Coma Dream is the hyper-realistic, ultraviolent story chronicling one woman’s descent into the nightmarish world of her desecrated inner psyche.

Life has never been easy for Anastasia. She’s been shot, stabbed and abused. She’s dealt drugs, been to rehab and went from having it all to having nothing in the blink of an eye.

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Anastasia finds herself homeless, jobless and with nothing more to lose. But all that was about to change. At least, that’s what she wanted to believe until an overdose sends her into a drug-induced coma.

Waking up in a macabre world, Anastasia finds herself lost in the labyrinth of her own mind. Stalked by a ravenous beast and tormented by the grotesque personifications of her collective unconscious, she must journey through her repressed memories and confront the monstrosities that plague her every move as she struggles to escape her coma dream.

The Electric Coma Dream was deep. The book was lent to me by a friend after we discovered our shared love of a movie called The Seasoning House. As soon as I opened to the first page, Matthew Gilles pulled me in. His writing drew me onward, keeping me guessing the whole time.

The story starts with the main character, Anastasia, having a heroin overdose. She enters a sort of ‘Coma Dream’, where she not only self reflects, but finds her self. The running theme of the book was self; what is the self and how do we as humans hide and change our true self.

The Electric Coma Dream was not necessarily in chronological order. Instead, it features flash backs, flash forwards, and flash arounds (for lack of a better word). There were a few moments where I had to back track just to be sure when the passage was taking place. That being said, it was surprisingly easy to follow. Anastasia’s story was heartbreaking and captivating, and each twist was a complete surprise.

The contents of the book were much more mature than I usually read. There was a lot of drug abuse and dealing, sex, abuse, and fighting (both in an organized fight ring and between enemies). However, the book goes much deeper than that. It is about the human self to the very core. It does an impeccable job of outlining exactly what it means to be human in the darkest corners of society.

I wouldn’t recommend The Electric Coma Dream for young teens or anyone who doesn’t enjoy going to some *ahem* uncomfortable places. Other than that, I think the book was a spectacular read. It definitely deserves five hearts!

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