A review of The Connection Game by S. S. Turner
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading many satire books (whether that’s because not many are written, or I just don’t know where to find them 🤷🏽♀️). But I was instantly intrigued by S.S. Turners The Connection Game and its synopsis.
Now going into any type of satire book, I’ve learned to leave expectations at the start and just read for the simple pleasure of what the author has written, and S.S. Turner delivered. This story was very complex, and I felt like I could never quite catch up (a good thing in my book).
There was light, confusion, resolution, manipulation, conspiracy theories, and drama; lots of drama. So many twists and turns to wrap my head around… and that ending… let’s just say wow.
The voice in which S.S. Turner wrote this book was very unusual and very appealing to me. It was unexpected and I enjoyed how it turned out. I loved the unique view S.S. Turner expressed through his characters and I really appreciated how it was not just another fluffy book. It truly made you ponder the world around you.
Now I know many people currently like quick easy books and I review a lot of those. However, this one is deeper and requires you to commit to reading it in its entirety to understand what the author is conveying.
Overall, I found that I enjoyed reading The Connection Game for its complexity and characters that made me think.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback.
Book Title: The Connection Game: A Novel by S.S Turner
Category: Adult Fiction (18+) , 272 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Satire
Publisher: The Story Plant
Release date: Feb 2023
Content Rating: PG: There’s some violence and a small bit of profanity.
– Bill Fitzhugh, author of A Perfect Harvest.
Benny Basilworth makes connections. A rare intellect, he sees things that others don’t see and draws conclusions that others completely fail to grasp. He has the kind of mind that can make a person a national sensation on the television gameshow “The Connection Game”– and the kind of mind that can be the target of predators.
Despite his brilliance, Benny and his family find themselves destitute, living in a basement apartment with one tiny window that affords them only the view of the feet of passersby on the street above. It is from this vantagepoint that Benny once again starts making connections. Mad, inconceivable connections. Connections that can change lives . . . and turn the entire world upside down.
Humorous, surprising, wise, and remarkably perceptive, The Connection Game is a novel unlike any other and one that you are unlikely to forget.
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S.S. Turner has been an avid reader, writer, and explorer of the natural world throughout his life, which has been spent in England, Scotland, and Australia. He worked in the global fund management sector for many years but realized it didn’t align with his values. In recent years, he’s been focused on inspiring positive change through his writing as well as trying not to laugh in unfortunate situations. He now lives in Australia with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and ten chickens. He is the author of one previous novel, Secrets of a River Swimmer.