Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Die-Fi Experiment by M.R. Tapia – Book Review

The Die-Fi Experiment
Author: M.R. Tapia
Genres: Horror, Adult

His lips move, but there is no audio or subtitles. But I know what he said, in layman's terms, he told me, "Welcome to Hell."

The Die-Fi Experiment by M. R. Tapia is a gruesome, grotesque, grim, and absolutely horrifying novella! I don't know how I made it till the end!

The novella revolves around Marie and her husband who visit Tokyo for a much-needed honeymoon but do not tell anyone where they are going and promise not to post any pictures on social media, so that everything remains private until their return. There, Marie comes across a game, involving a maze, where the winner will be a given the new iPhone X.

Little does Marie know that the so-called game is but a sham. The couple wakes up in the middle of a gameshow of horrors, that is broadcast to the world via social media, and where the winner, well they get to fight for their life against their spouse in the end!

The book begins with a strong opening: "Never in my most horrific nightmare would I have dreamt I'd be cheering on my own executioner."

A 10-chapter novella, where each chapter is written with a hashtag (#chapterone), The Die-Fi Experiment's chapters alternate between the present dilemma at the gameshow and how events played up until the moment they woke up to find themselves inside the game. This alternation acts as a much-needed relief for the reader.

Inside, each chapter includes other hashtags, descriptions of the newly-added Facebook reactions and how the hearts, likes, and angry emoticons fly across the screen.

"The screen went crazy with its own blue hands holding their still attached thumbs up, floating across the screen like balloons."

The novel is deeply-tied to current social media and the people who use it, although it takes on a much more grim view of the world, which is displayed as a group of sadists.

While reading The Die-Fi Experiment, I couldn't help but look at social media with a different, slightly scared, view.

“I would like to welcome the world to The Die-Fi Experiment. Please join us in the fun that is the deterioration of the world by means of social media.”

There were some beautiful images throughout the book, along with descriptions and quotes. I liked the narrator's tone, as he includes bits and pieces of information throughout.

If you're a parent, don't read Tapia's The Die-Fi Experiment. Trust me, you'll ban your children from social media for life! Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

"The world watches excitedly, begging for our torture. We have slowly evolved to indulge in the misfortune of others."

Overall rating: 5 stars

Note: There is a significant amount of violence and lots of blood and torture.

Note II: I got a free copy of The Die-Fi Experiment from its author M.R. Tapia in exchange for an honest review.

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Other works review for M. R. Tapia: Deadman's Tome: Monster's Exist anthology.
Purchase The Die-Fi Experiment by M.R.Tapia along with his other books via Hindered Souls Press and Amazon.

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