by Christopher Munroe
Read by the author
Release: October 1st 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Sci fi, horror
How I got it: Podiobooks
On October 5th of last year, the escalators at West Edmonton Mall shut down simultaneously due to what was believed to be a series of mechanical failures, stranding thousands on the second floor. By the time a rescue operation could be organized and mounted, nearly everyone on the mall’s upper level had been killed, and to this day few people, if any, understand what really happened during the period when that area of the mall was cut off from the rest of the world.
My name is Christopher Munroe, and this is the story of what happened to me. This isn't the whole story of what happened at West Edmonton Mall that horrible day, but it is my story. This is the story of the people I met, the things I had to endure, and the lengths I went to, to survive... a broken escalator.
Broken Escalator is a surrealist horror novel by Christopher Munroe, where mechanical failure spirals quickly out of control and human nature is discovered to be by turns nobler and more brutal than anyone could imagine. Or at least, than anyone would like to admit…
Review: When I started listening to Broken Escalator I concluded rather quickly that the main character Chris was an uber-nerd and wound up picturing one of my hubby's best friends. Especially after the Dr Who sonic screw driver, actual screw drive. Totally have to look that up and see if it's a thing.
At first this was just a guy shopping and then the escalators stopped working. At this point I began to wonder if this was actually humor and not horror. So as it progressed I began to also wonder if maybe all the characters were just beyond stupid. I mean it's an escalator, find a set of stairs or elevator, or heck just walk down the damn escalator. Yet I had a nagging suspicion that everything would be reveled at the end and if I could just slog through the stupidity I'd understand. Also I had nothing else to listen to at work, so I keep going.
As you can probably tell I wasn't fond of the characters. I mean they were ok but I didn't feel anything for them or about them. I could've cared less if they survived or not. I will say things were explained in the end and the twists were interesting. If you can get past the people acting like they are in Lord of the Flies instead of a mall, then you might find the book ok.