BioZ. A. Coe lives in South Korea, where she teaches, dances, and has adventures on her bicycle.
Weakness is the first of the Nine Lies Books. The first chapter opens with a recurring nightmare until the reader is launched into Felix Black's reality: A grim life living in a shack beneath a railway bridge. Coe uses sparse, declarative sentences, a style to match Felix's austere life. Felix is disciplined. He exercises to the point of exhaustion almost as a punishment for self-loathing. Repeated throughout is the mantra, 'If you're too weak to live, then you deserve to die'. The twenty-eight-year-old lives a miserable existence, scrounging for food and stealing whatever he can. He is burned with a metal collar, the reason made clearer as the story unfolds. Underpinning this Spartan lifestyle is a yearning for normal relationships. He finds a romance novel and reads it even though he doesn't think much of the plot or characters. Coe includes a tongue-in-cheek bio of Dawn Starlite the books author. As funny as it is, I found it a little distracting in this otherwise taught narrative. Avery's hold and manipulation of Felix, along with others of the Wold Fang Club is revealed in this enthralling, and at time gruesome, book.
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"If you're too weak to live, then you deserve to die."
For twenty years Felix Black has lived under the thumb of the man who killed his parents. Impressed into the brutally austere lifestyle of the murderous criminal group CO9 when he was just a child, Felix has learned how to survive on meager rations and impossibly demanding training.
Despite this, Avery, his kidnapper, continues to call him weak. Chafing under Avery’s taunting mantra that the weak deserve to be punished, Felix finally resolves to prove once and for all that he is stronger than everyone believes—but can he handle the shattering consequences?