There’s this scene in the book where the kid goes to kill the mutant “dragon” (who turns out to be less and more of a monster than he suspects), and he ends up tearing and clawing his way into the guts of this creature that won’t die, clawing and swimming up through its guts and tearing out its hearts while the creature tears into its own body even as the flesh tries to knit back together, trying to claw the kid out of its own flesh.
And at the end of this scene, I found myself a little stunned at breathless and was like, “Wow.”
Took a long time for him to come onto my radar, mainly because he’s marketed as a “young adult” writer.
Whatever sells the books, I guess.
Highly recommended if you love some post-apocalyptic shenanigans. Mutants and nuclear fallout and fantastical fantasy tropes with SFish rationalizations and kingdoms and family feuds and in-your-face prose oh my!