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★★★★★ "The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style." [NetGalley, Sophie Giannousiou] Corpse Eater. Homewrecker. Marlboro Man. Puppy Slayer. Desecrator. They don't remember their real names anymo ★★★★★ "The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style." [NetGalley, Sophie Giannousiou] Corpse Eater. Homewrecker. Marlboro Man. Puppy Slayer. Desecrator. They don't remember their real names anymore.Most of these boys are only thirteen, but they already know what it's like to kill. They think they know the true horrors. That the civil war in their small African country is the only hell there is. And that the people who give them orders are the only real monsters in this world.But beneath their hell lies another - with monsters older than time itself. A mysterious underground world, known as the Keep of the Giants, which is a secret known only to the most powerful of shamans. And when the boys' raid on a nearby village invokes the wrath of its priestess the beasts that used to hunt on sunless plains come out under the moon to answer her cry for revenge... And they don't care if their prey is guilty or not. In their undead eyes, everybody's the sinner. *** Warning: the book contains graphic violence, drug usage, strong language, and hints of sexual violence.


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★★★★★ "The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style." [NetGalley, Sophie Giannousiou] Corpse Eater. Homewrecker. Marlboro Man. Puppy Slayer. Desecrator. They don't remember their real names anymo ★★★★★ "The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style." [NetGalley, Sophie Giannousiou] Corpse Eater. Homewrecker. Marlboro Man. Puppy Slayer. Desecrator. They don't remember their real names anymore.Most of these boys are only thirteen, but they already know what it's like to kill. They think they know the true horrors. That the civil war in their small African country is the only hell there is. And that the people who give them orders are the only real monsters in this world.But beneath their hell lies another - with monsters older than time itself. A mysterious underground world, known as the Keep of the Giants, which is a secret known only to the most powerful of shamans. And when the boys' raid on a nearby village invokes the wrath of its priestess the beasts that used to hunt on sunless plains come out under the moon to answer her cry for revenge... And they don't care if their prey is guilty or not. In their undead eyes, everybody's the sinner. *** Warning: the book contains graphic violence, drug usage, strong language, and hints of sexual violence.

55 review for Hate the Sin: A Brutal Young Adult Horror Novel Set in Liberia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cam

    Thank you Netgalley and author for this book to review. Really enjoyed this book. This book is set in Liberia. Soldiers that are children invade their countrymen for liberation. This book is brutal, vivid, and beautifully written horror story or the consequences of war and revenge. I look forward to reading more by the author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews!!!** “He was supposed to live to be a hundred years old and die in his sleep.” Hate the Sin is my second go-around with Dereschuk, after reading Master of the Forest last year. As I said then, I am a massive, massive fan of all things set in Russia/Siberian etc. Growing up the vast wilderness of that area of the world always intrigued me and set my imagination running. Where I grew up shared many similarities to that area, so naturally, I get draw ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews!!!** “He was supposed to live to be a hundred years old and die in his sleep.” Hate the Sin is my second go-around with Dereschuk, after reading Master of the Forest last year. As I said then, I am a massive, massive fan of all things set in Russia/Siberian etc. Growing up the vast wilderness of that area of the world always intrigued me and set my imagination running. Where I grew up shared many similarities to that area, so naturally, I get drawn too it. Where Master of the Forest started a bit slow before completely ramping things up, Hate the Sin is the opposite. Set during a real war and featuring the horrific act of child army conscription, Dereschuk is able to immediately pull the reader in with the sad nature of just what is happening. Making kids into killing machines is a brutal topic and to show the extent of the “soldier” aspect and the dehumanizing the kid’s experience, none of them are called by their real names, all have chosen war names. Names such as Desecrator, Pussy Slayer and Tsetse. The story turns into a supernatural tale once General Malaria orders his troop onto a nearby village and they kill one of the spiritual women. Soon after creatures descend and kill some of the troop. It’s at this point the story heads subterranean. Where Master of the Forest became a tale of a survivor, Hate the Sin, unfortunately, devolves into a ‘more of the same’ story with many chapters feeling repetitive of prior chapters and the story not being furthered by their inclusion. The biggest miss for me though was the story falling into the “there’s always a bigger monster” trope. Dereschuk had created some genuinely creepy monsters, but then the story continued to escalate. I did enjoy the finale/resolution at the end. It gave some great closure and harkened back to the horrors of war and the lingering hurt and pain that soldiers deal with, more so it would appear when those soldiers were just children. I think this book will appeal to many horror readers, me personally – it felt lacking in areas and padded in others. I made a comment in my Masters review that a lot of the story felt like it had been written and then translated through Google translate. There was no issue with any of that here, which was great to see! Definitely check this story out if you enjoy war horror stories and subterranean beasties. I just wish it had pumped the brakes a number of times and focused on a more cohesive story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Craig DiLouie

    While browsing Amazon, I stumbled upon a horror novel whose stark cover and title caught my eye. HATE THE SIN by Artyom Dereschuk combines the brutality of being a child soldier fighting for an African warlord with an interesting horror premise involving the undead and a hidden underground world. I came away with some criticisms of the book’s construction, but overall, I found the story fresh, visceral, and engaging. The novel follows several child soldiers fighting for a warlord during the Liber While browsing Amazon, I stumbled upon a horror novel whose stark cover and title caught my eye. HATE THE SIN by Artyom Dereschuk combines the brutality of being a child soldier fighting for an African warlord with an interesting horror premise involving the undead and a hidden underground world. I came away with some criticisms of the book’s construction, but overall, I found the story fresh, visceral, and engaging. The novel follows several child soldiers fighting for a warlord during the Liberian civil war in the 1990s. They carry menacing names like “Corpse Eater” and “Desecretor,” and some of them don’t even remember their real names anymore. Their lives as fighters are brutal, not only because they are forced to fight, but because the adults can be cruel and because the man known as General Malaria rules his brigade with an iron fist. After a raid on a local village turns up an unsatisfying amount of food, the General decides to punish it with a killing spree. After they kill the local priestess, the new priestess calls upon the spirits of the Underworld to avenge her tribe. The novel has some stark strengths and weaknesses. The idea feels very fresh, and the kids, who cling to a sense of morality while living in a brutal world, are sympathetic. The brigade’s fight against the undead is engaging, and the Underworld has a strange and engaging mythology. The action is good in a story that carries through to a satisfying ending. However, sometimes, the story feels rushed, while other times it drags due to repetition, with some characters really standing out and others that are difficult to distinguish. While the novel is billed as a young adult novel, I found it a story more fitting for adults. Overall, HATE THE SIN was a fun, dark read, offering something fresh for the horror/zombie genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style. This copy was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley. The frantic aspect of the novel is the reality it carries; honestly brutal and brutally honest, Dereschuk's Hate the sin is violent, moving and purely compelling, with fleshed-out characters and engaging writing style. This copy was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nelms

    Dereschuk is Brilliant This is yet another amazing book from this author. The characters are multifaceted and believable. The setting is harrowing. From the beginning of the book you're drawn in to the lives of these characters and the everyday horrors they face. Then Dereschuk adds another layer onto it. This book led me to seek out more information and educate myself about the Liberian civil war. It's a compelling piece and just like his other books it will draw you in and demand you finish it. I Dereschuk is Brilliant This is yet another amazing book from this author. The characters are multifaceted and believable. The setting is harrowing. From the beginning of the book you're drawn in to the lives of these characters and the everyday horrors they face. Then Dereschuk adds another layer onto it. This book led me to seek out more information and educate myself about the Liberian civil war. It's a compelling piece and just like his other books it will draw you in and demand you finish it. I look forward as always to reading more of his work

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I am not sure what I was expecting but it sure wasn't that. You have characters called Puppy Slayer, Home Wrecker, Corpse Eater and the book was written from all different points of view. I think there was supposed to be a point to it and I think I sorta got it but I am not sure. It was very paranormal and not my type of book. I don't think it was written well and I didn't care for it. Received this as an ARC and I am giving my feed back voluntarily. I am not sure what I was expecting but it sure wasn't that. You have characters called Puppy Slayer, Home Wrecker, Corpse Eater and the book was written from all different points of view. I think there was supposed to be a point to it and I think I sorta got it but I am not sure. It was very paranormal and not my type of book. I don't think it was written well and I didn't care for it. Received this as an ARC and I am giving my feed back voluntarily.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

    2020 reading challenge prompt YA Horror I usually don't read ya, but for this challenge I gave it a shot. Brutal in the title made it a no brainer for me. This book was very interesting. Young teens forced to be soldiers stumble upon an evil even worse than their current situation. There's a lot of drawn out parts that felt unnecessary in my opinion, but didn't stop this book from being a good read. 2020 reading challenge prompt YA Horror I usually don't read ya, but for this challenge I gave it a shot. Brutal in the title made it a no brainer for me. This book was very interesting. Young teens forced to be soldiers stumble upon an evil even worse than their current situation. There's a lot of drawn out parts that felt unnecessary in my opinion, but didn't stop this book from being a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This was an eye opener, following the lives of the characters through War riddled Liberia! Shocking, well written, scary stuff!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Silviah Colombara

    So… Artyom Dereschuk’s first novel Master of the forest was set in the Siberian wilderness, in an icy world where a Predator-like creature was pissed off by greedy humans; they violate its cemetery, it retaliates big time. Gloriously. So when the author asked me to be part of his ARC team I was hoping his next novel was going to be something at least similar, in terms of frosted landscapes. WRONG! I was totally amazed by the change of scenery, the choice to set the story in Africa...I totally did So… Artyom Dereschuk’s first novel Master of the forest was set in the Siberian wilderness, in an icy world where a Predator-like creature was pissed off by greedy humans; they violate its cemetery, it retaliates big time. Gloriously. So when the author asked me to be part of his ARC team I was hoping his next novel was going to be something at least similar, in terms of frosted landscapes. WRONG! I was totally amazed by the change of scenery, the choice to set the story in Africa...I totally did not see it coming. But I was not disappointed. And I reckon it's good to keep your readers guessing what your next novel will be like. I really liked the story, the reference to similar elements in other books and movies. Here it was a mixture of Jules Vernes (that the author quotes by the way) what with the underground journey the baby soldiers make, Stargate - because of the ancient alien people living in the Underworld and that door that opens to who knows what world - and all those movies that are set in abandoned and haunted mines, with their claustrophobic vibe. And still, Dereschuk adds unique touches, his unique inspiration. I definetely never read anything like this. Here, as he had done in "Master of the forest", Dereschuk puts some thinking into how life in certain parts of the world is awfully difficult, and forces the reader to face uncomfortable truths. The war in Liberia, the baby soldiers, their terribly young age and the cruelty they display. I kept feeling very bad for the kids, because they could not enjoy their age. The first scene when they play with the makeshift ball says it all. Their names are simply amazing, and I liked how at some point the choice for Corpse Eater's nickname is explained towards the end of the book. I thought he had chosen it, but that was not the case apparently. Dereschuk always puts some political view and reflection in his novels, and I feel that it adds up to the horror of the story, it being set up in a precise moment in history. Even though I am not much into alien creatures who come into our world and change people to their purpose - I have just finished seeing the last series of Stranger things and the same feeling goes there - I liked how the creatures here are the result of the mix between the human body and the alien "seed" put into them. Their translucent skin, the changing limbs... I really liked the Underworld and the upside-down woods! And the ending, it bring things back to human justice, what with Captain Malaria... But I won’t say anything else not to spoil your pleasure. The writing needs some more polishing I think. The storytelling is very strong, but it needs to go with a thorough editing to make it effective and convincing. On the other end, I found some gems that I retained as quotes because they struck a chord. “ Would they hang their souls on the tree branches to dry out in the sun?” And: “There would be so much blood that the continent would overflow and start spilling it into the oceans”. I read this book in three days, and I keep going back to those caves, I still feel the overall mood created by the author. He is very good at taking you into a world of his own creation. I was enthousiastic about Artyom's first novel, and I enjoyed this second a lot. I feel he is among those young horror writers who give a new, very interesting voice to the genre.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie Moon

    Whoa! This is a book that I will remember for a very long time. It is so descriptive and rich that it was hard to put down. I did take some breaks just to think about it. It is brutal and not for anyone younger than 18. If you like horror thrillers, this is the one for you. I believe I got this free and this is probably the best book that I have read in along time. Excellent book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Johnathan Breeland

    Brutal Lovecraftian Horror This is truly a brutal novel the main characters in this book are children it's really sad because this is the way they are treated over there besides the creatures and monsters over in Africa they do use these kids during war That's What's So Scary About This Book some of them are just desensitized 2 horrifying things this book is also not for the faint of heart it was an all-around good horror novel I enjoyed it a quick fast read with a lot of Gore any pretty good sto Brutal Lovecraftian Horror This is truly a brutal novel the main characters in this book are children it's really sad because this is the way they are treated over there besides the creatures and monsters over in Africa they do use these kids during war That's What's So Scary About This Book some of them are just desensitized 2 horrifying things this book is also not for the faint of heart it was an all-around good horror novel I enjoyed it a quick fast read with a lot of Gore any pretty good storyline

  12. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Oh man, this book was wordy. I mean, the tunnel descriptions just went on and on and on and on......

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