I love Norman Reedus, so I was excited to check out his debut novel. The Ravaged follows three people, each with different circumstances and backgrounds who are forced into new circumstances and must adapt. Hunter is a bit rough around the edges but has a heart of gold, he’s traveling cross country after the death of his father. Jack is an accomplished businessman realizing he’s missed out on spending time with his family, he ends up in South America with a totally different crowd than he has ever associated with. Ann is escaping an abusive home life and ends up living on the rails trying to find where she belongs.
I was definitely entertained by these stories but you could definitely tell this was a debut novel. It needed a little bit of refinement, at times the “grittiness” seemed like a real grasp. I wanted the throughline to be a bit stronger although I think I got what he was aiming for. I’m glad I did it on audio where Norman read it himself, I think that helped me as I struggled with sections. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to LibroFM for access to this novel via their ALC program. All opinions above are my own.
Do you find audiobooks help you push forward with books that might not have kept your attention on the page?