Being that I’ve been afraid to post a review of this book because I am unable to do it justice, I’ve put it off for a few days. I am still afraid of not doing it justice, but I’m going to try my best to impart to you how beautiful, sad, hopeful and wonderful FERAL CREATURES is.
In the previous book, HOLLOW KINGDOM, we met the bravest domesticated crow to ever exist, S.T. We follow his adventures with the family canine, Dennis, as the zombie apocalypse destroys humankind. S.T. loves, respects and adores mofos. (That’s what S.T. calls humans because that was what Big Jim, [S.T.’s deceased mofo], taught him to call them.) After surviving the worst event in human history, S.T. mourns the loss of mofos and then makes a discovery that changes his life forever: an infant mofo! And just like that, S.T. becomes a father. Will he be able to teach, protect and love this baby girl? Will they even be able to survive in this entirely new world? Will the world itself survive the damage done by humans, before they disappeared? You’ll have to read this to find out!
One of the many things I loved about HOLLOW KINGDOM was how the story is told from the point of view of various animals, not just the obscenely handsome S.T.. In FERAL CREATURES, we hear from the hilarious Genghis, the cat. We hear from orcas and other marine creatures, trees, tigers, cassowaries, monkeys and even hermit crabs!
Listening carefully to what they have to say, forced this reader to recognize the current, poor state of our earth. In this book’s reality, the effects humanity have had on the planet have accelerated, even though humanity itself is gone. The ocean waters are still warming, glaciers are still melting and many, many animals are forced to change their ways of life or die. Many do not survive. It’s so very sad to see how all that plays out.
S.T.’s role as a new father is one he takes very seriously. It takes a village and all that, you know? He cares for his mofo infant the best he knows how, but he welcomes the help of the feathereds as well as other animals to achieve his goal. Why, you might ask? Humanity is so dumb, they’ve killed themselves off, not to mention hurt the earth in uncountable ways, why try to save this young one? It’s because of who S. T. is, at heart.
S.T. still sees the wonders and joys that humanity has shown him. Cheetos for instance! The National Geographic channel. What they’ve taught to the yellow crested cockatoo- Tom Hanks. (He’s an entertainer!) The world of the arts-mofos are truly magical to S. T.. These are the reasons he loves and needs to protect his baby mofo, who he calls Dee. At one point he tells one of his best friends, a wise old African Grey:
“In this wild, wild world, Dee is the reason I open my eyes; do you understand me? Her heart opened mine, its beat is the soundtrack of my soul. She is the feeling of flight. She gives me back my wings. I will tear the sun out of the sky to protect her, and as long as the ocean breathes, I will love her with the feather and fur and ferocity of every living beast on this big beautiful blue.”
Has anyone ever loved you that much?
S.T. is the most loyal, warm-hearted, brave and loving individual I’ve ever read about, corvid OR human. Also? He’s funny! Very, very funny! Some of his references aren’t quite right, he is a crow after all. But some things, many things, inspired me to laugh out loud. Just before he enters a huge kerfuffle he thinks to himself: S.T. is about to go down in a “Bonjovial blaze of glory.” In reference to a raven that was annoying him: “This guy was swiftly becoming a turmeric stain on the tie of my existence.” Sometimes, Tom Hanks, (the cockatoo, not the film star), breaks into song-“The hiiiiills are aliiiiiiveeeee.” You never know what to expect in this book, which is another reason why I loved it so.
I guess I need to wrap up here as I don’t want this review to be longer than the book itself. No, I didn’t get into the plot very much because I didn’t want to give anything away. However, if you look at the wondrous cover and back cover of this book, you’ll see many of the animals involved. The author displays so much knowledge about them and how they live. I was truly amazed by the inner thoughts of these animals, and also at how everything is so interconnected.
I know there is a lot of talk, (and also…FACTS), about global warming and the effects humanity are having on this earth. Some say puny humankind cannot be responsible for all of these effects, but the facts cannot be denied. We often forget that we are ALL interconnected-we are all ONE. While people are distracted with their phones, other screens, celebrity gossip and masked singers, our world is being damaged. Something needs to be done. S.T. is only a crow, (granted, an obscenely funny and handsome one); he cannot save the earth and his baby girl all by himself. It takes a village and WE are that village. I loved this book, I love this author, (even though we’ve never met), and I love S.T.!
FERAL CREATURES gets my highest recommendation!
Available this August 24, 2021!
Thank you to the author for the review copy and the inscription, which I will treasure forever. This review is my honest feedback.