Sin and Zen was an interesting ride. I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest review, so here we go.
When Will Strief suffers an injury to his leg in the French Foreign Legion his military career is brought to an end. At twenty three he finds himself in Marseille, France far from home with no responsibility to anyone. He is living the dream of most twenty three year old males. He’s living the rockstar life. This book dives into the mind of a man trying to learn about himself and the world.
This one might not be for everyone. To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was for me at first. Will isn’t the most likeable character you will ever meet but over time he becomes tolerable. The lack of plot was interesting to me. It was like you were inside his mind. His thoughts and actions are at the forefront of the story. There is no rhyme or reason, just like in real life. We live day to day and try to figure it out as we go along.
Will had his fair share of bad romances. Man, most of the relationships he had were toxic but yet I kept rooting for them. I would find myself wanting to yell at both of them and tell them how ridiculous they were being. Again, though sometimes that is reality. Not every romance ends like a fairytale.
An interesting aspect that I really enjoyed was the mountain climbing. I would have loved to have seen more of that. It was such an interesting journey. The whole story could have been based on that and I would have been fine. The author’s writing is great. His descriptions really take you there. I also loved some of the dark humor he included.
Sin and Zen is a quick read that takes your mind off of where you’re at in the world and puts you in the mind of Will. If it sounds like something you’re interested in it would be a great way to escape the chaos of the world right now.
My Rating: 4/5