To expand on the genre-crossing, some of the strongest aspects of this book are the Science-Fiction and Mystery elements. There’s a mix of old school and new and the Mysterious Island vibe they encapsulate as the story gets deeper is a definite page-turner. The pacing at the start felt natural. I like the way Swain doesn’t get too bogged down in the details but teases the reader with just enough horror and mystery to keep us spooked and wondering what’s going to happen next. In short, all you Stephen King Junkies are going to be pleasantly surprised in some ways. I see influences in certain components of the story. Unfortunately, that all putters away due to the lackluster character development and construction of the second half of the book.