The One Percentersby John Podgursky
The weak-gened are not fit to breed, and it's the
Natural selection has become unnatural. Having dealt with the vicious murder of his wife, Edward Caine takes his rightful place as a One-Percenter, eliminating those not fit for the human race. He must fight his instinct to use his role for revenge; he is after those who live on only because of money and medicine.
The weak-gened are not fit to breed, and it's the job of Edward and his brethren to see that they don't. But can he finish the job before his own mind betrays him? He is an agent of the Earth. He is a One-Percenter.
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- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 16 Years
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This is about a man who finds his purpose in life, but not through any of the usual ways. Edward is your average married man. He is now on the receiving end of the wrong kind of notoriety, after his wife was a victim of a serial killer. After several months of dealing with people's attempts at sympathy, Edward abruptly moves several states away. His plan is to make a fresh start. Already in a downward emotional spiral, Edward hooks up with Cristen. They exchange stories of their difficult childhoods; as time goes on, they find themselves in a relationship. On a camping trip, Cristen drowns (with Edward's help). He takes off, knowing that it will not be long before the police get involved. While on the run, Edward realizes something about himself. Evolution is a funny thing. The vast majority of people on Earth will make no noticeable contribution to society. They will simply live and die, probably breeding more useless people. Edward thinks of himself as part of the One Percent (not the financial One Percent). They have the right, and the duty, to decide who lives and who dies, with the intention of bettering humanity. Over the next couple of years, Edward is constantly on the run, carrying out his "duty." He murders several people, thereby, supposedly, improving the gene pool. One night, in a seedy bar, Edward learns that there are others like him. Throughout all of this, Edward knows that, sooner or later, he will get caught by the police. This is a pretty dark novel, almost a psychological horror novel. It will give the reader a mental workout, with plenty to think about concerning the present state of mankind. It's also a short novel, told in flashback, that is very much worth the reader's time.
This is not a book report. It is not my function to give an encapsulated version of this novel, name characters, describe events, and reveal the ending. All of that is up to you, should you decide to read it. I decided to, and once or twice I wished I had not made that decision. But it was too late. The Once Percenters by John Podgursky wouldn’t let me stop. Mister Podgursky can write. His use of language is masterful. In this novel at least, his style is visceral and demanding, a collage of ins and outs that are unmerciful. It is much like the impending train wreck we don’t want to watch but cannot tear our eyes from. There is a huge amount of honesty in The One Percenters, a peek into a troubled soul whose deeds and actions are only a hair’s breath away from most of us. It is a plunge into the darkness behind the eyes of the guy on the street, the clerk in the store, perhaps even the face in the mirror. The book feels like Podgursky didn’t actually write it, but got rid of it; dumped it out of his brain and then arranged it so the rest of us could get a look at it. The book is a swirl of love and hate, laughs and lunacy, combined with an honesty that is nearly offensive. It crawls into dark places and crouches there, exposing the reader to things with which he might not want to deal, because he sees glimpses of himself through the gloom. It is not fun. It is, however, compelling. If you’d like a dark and revealing crawl through a twisted mind, this is the ride you’re looking for. John Podgursky does not disappoint. David R Lewis Ironbear-ebooks
An interesting but very violent book is The One Percenters. Edward Caine has decided to rid our world of the nothings, the users and the people whom he thinks have wronged him. Whether they did or not doesn't matter. He had been lost since the murder/rape of his wife and, while he mourned her, he was doing his best to glorify her at the same time. Jill had been his life and now that she was gone he was basically a shell. Then it hits him - a lot of people aren't fit to be alive. And so it becomes his task to eliminate those he feels meet the classification. Edward doesn't seem sad about the killings. Edward actually doesn't seem to feel much at all. This story, written in first person, seems to be a letter to possibly a therapist. Edward is nuts: totally nuts and totally same at the same time. He can rationalize his actions and never apologizes. The end is a total change-up and may change your opinion of the book as well. You'll have to see.
Podgursky has an interesting writing style; dark, yet humorous. I enjoyed the often trenchant wit and constant gratuitous statements of the main character. Despite the dark subject matter, I laughed out loud at least twice.