The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

My Thoughts:
Wow, this book didn’t go at all where I was expecting it to go!

I did find the language and writing style quite hard to follow at first, it wasn’t what I’m used to but after a few pages I did get used to it and I really enjoyed it.

Stephen Graham Jones really knows how to make you feel what the character is going through. I could really feel Lewis’ pain as he was thinking about hunting the elk, you could tell that he was regretting what they had done. Even though it was years ago, you can really see how that it was affecting him still.

I was really not expecting everything to happen with Shaney and Peta, that really shocked me, and you could tell that something was really going on because of how little Lewis reacted. I was so shocked when everything happened. I was also so sure that he was just imagining it all because it all seemed so crazy but wow was I wrong.

I really enjoyed how halfway through the perspectives changed, I thought that was really well done, because you get to see why everything was happening. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. But again the way it was written you can really feel the pain the characters feel.

I feel like this book was almost a reflection of the damage done to the world by older generations and the world/nature taking revenge on the current/younger generations. I think this was a great book!

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