Universal Harvester tends to put readers into two camps:
- This book doesnâ€™t make much sense and is full of red herrings.
- This book is brilliant and youâ€™re too much of a Luddite to get it.
I fear I may be with the first camp.
But thatâ€™s not to say Universal Harvester isnâ€™t enjoyable. I was quite taken with the first two-thirds of the book.
If anything, it could have gone darker. Videos with strange intercuts? Great! Let’s make them really freaking creepy intercuts.
If thereâ€™s a weird cult and a strange daughter living in the aftermath, why not take it further?
Ultimately, the story
But again, the book isnâ€™t bad! John Darnielle has a way with words. I listened to the audiobook version, and he has a way with music as well. Atmospheric novels aren’t really for me, but this author still is.
Think of Universal Harvester as an interesting journey with no destination.