Cypress Grove is a stunning world packed with enough of the alien to feel different while still having enough similarities to Earth to be relatable. D. G Lamb navigates Joshua’s trauma with a sense of surrealism that’s both poignant and true to life. The battle for survival takes on an entirely new slant when seen through the eyes of one as young as Joshua is. Lamb does an outstanding job of displaying Joshua’s evolving worldliness while still maintaining a childlike sense of innocence about the character. These aspects combine to make Driven to the Hilt a memorable novel, but what makes it truly unique is Lamb’s use of font changes for different characters and large spaces for dramatic pauses. This ‘Dynamic Formatting’ is very effective in many instances, yet it’s subtle enough that a reader who dislikes it shouldn’t be overly distracted.
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