The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except, the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.
To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?
Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation, and recover the next generation of Playground software.
There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.
The Playground is suitable for more mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.
Take some Stephen King, add some of Quentin Tarantino and stir them with a dash of steampunk and Dr. Who and you get the playground. As I read this book, I soon realized that it crosses genres. Normally, this would be a red flag for a book that doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up, but that is not the case here.
C.S. Boyack effortlessly moves from one genre to another pulling the reader into each distinct story line. He then seamlessly pulls them together at the end in a way that makes total sense and brings the story to a wonderful climax.
I am continually impressed by the level of writing here and Boyack’s ability to tell a story from the point of view of disparate characters.
I’m hard at work at reading Will O’ the Wisp and I can’t wait to post my take on that book as well.
The Playground is a great read. You should check it out.