Disharmony of Justice. By: Byron Suggs. Format: Paperback. Read: November 2012.

    The moment Peter Travers was born, the soul of Buddy Holly was ascending into Heaven. Fifteen years later, Peter was having a wonderful summer with his friends, and his girlfriend, Margie. That dreamy summer turned into a nightmare as their small town of Harper’s Mill learned what hate and evil could do. As people start disappearing and the Ku Klux Klan make their presence known, these five children discover their true destiny. Four famous dead rockers and five teenagers combine forces in order to rid their town of hatred. However unbeknownst to Peter’s friends, a plan is in motion that will have them all reuniting thirty-seven years later, while Peter lies close to death in a coma. As Peter relives his past, will his friends and the rockers be able to save his soul in the present, or will it cost them everything?
Byron Suggs has created a superb and flawless tale of love versus hate. Two stories and two time periods combine into one powerful adventure. A classic coming-of-age story with a magical rocker twist will introduce a new set of readers to the genre of Southern Literature. For fans of Southern Lit, this book will be a must-read! Suggs demonstrates an unbelievable talent as he flawlessly changes dialect between the characters and the time periods. This book will surely give readers goosebumps. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

One of my favorite college courses was my American Southern Lit class. We would read the classics and discuss how race, religion and a hint of magic defined an entire literary movement. Believe me when I say that this book, brought me back into that classroom and I believe that future generations will be adding Rockapocalypse to their curriculum. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and when I finished reading it, I was speechless. As a girl who was born and raised in the South, on Rock and Roll music, this book spoke to my heart. Oh and the playlist was excellent, too! Please go and read this book, so you can come back and discuss your favorite characters with me.


Note: Byron Suggs provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his books, please visit his website.


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5 Responses to Rockapocalypse

  1. Very cool! I never really got into the Southern Lit genre, but this does sound interesting. You stated that, “he flawlessly changes dialect between the characters and the time periods.” I really enjoy books that move from perspectives to give the reader a idea of whats going on behind all of the curtains.

    • Hi Dana,
      Southern Lit was always a part of all of my English courses, but growing up in Va probably had something to do with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet you have read some Southern Lit, (for example: Poe, Douglass, Twain, Flagg, Rice, etc) and didn’t focus on the fact that it was Southern Lit. If you want an excellent book to read, this is it. Yes he does jump between characters and years, but the vernacular stays consistent to the character and time periods. I have read many books that try to have the main character go back and relive his childhood for some reason, yet the character still talks as an adult. It can become a frustrating distraction, but this book was flowed smoothly and was flawless. One of the best books I have ever read. I would love to hear what you think of it, if you do decide to get it. Have a wonderful day!

      • I guess I do know and like some SOuthern Lit! I love Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, and LOVE Edgar Allen Poe.

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thrilled to hear that you do love Southern Lit. I guess for those not having grown-up in the South, the term “Southern Lit” is a bit of a foreign concept. Yet several of the authors are well-known to all. Again happy to hear that you have read some Southern Lit! Have a good day!

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