Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: October 29, 2013
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With knowledge comes a dark destiny...Thoughts on Dark Knowledge: This book runs the gamut from horrifying to sad. Wesley's a happy guy -- content in his routines and child-like with his enthusiasm and friendships -- until the knowledge being unlocked in his mind begins to show him the things he's been missing. In the midst of all the bad things that were happening around him, his metamorphosis from a gentle soul to one who understood that sometimes bad things have to happen to protect those you care about was tough.
A whole new world beckons inside the mind of mentally challenged Welsey Henson, a world that offers him a gift he can’t resist: knowledge. He carries these bits of knowledge back to the physical world, unaware of the dark instincts that come with them. The knowledge builds Wesley’s intellect, giving him abilities he’s never had before—to know the world around him, to heal...but these new instincts thrust him into an evil contest he can’t understand, much less win, against opponents who are trained to kill. The more Wesley understands, the harder it becomes to tell good from evil, and the more difficult his choices become. What must he sacrifice to save the world from his dark knowledge...his life, or his soul?
I honestly didn't know how things were going to play out as the story progressed. The lengths the other players were willing to go to was disturbing. That Wesley so easily found his way into that same mindset when he was in his mind-world was chilling. That he understood what he had done and that he didn't want to do it again once he came out was heartbreaking.
As fascinating as Wesley's changes were, it still took me a while to get into the book. The beginning introduces a host of characters (who are all important in their own way and play a part down the road) and shows us Wesley as he's just coming into his abilities. Piecing together how they fit in takes a bit of time but once things start moving forward, they really start moving forward.
Dark and sometimes bloody, yet still sad as Wesley begins to see the world through different eyes (while fighting the forces of evil -- Ka-Pow!), this is a good book for a rainy day.