The Insane God
Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Stand
A meteorite fragment cures a teenaged trans girl’s schizophrenia but leaves her with visions of ancient warring gods annihilating each other in space. As the Earth hurtles toward the cloud that is the shattered bodies of those eternal enemies, their eons-old conflict is rekindled on Earth to divide and destroy humanity. Can she and her brother stop the spread of global disaster?
"A mystery, a terror, intervention and the Power of Love"
- David Brin, author of The Postman and EARTH
"Hartlove’s latest blends dark fantasy, apocalyptic fiction, and cosmic horror in an impressively unique thriller that pits a transgender girl institutionalized with schizophrenia against a cult leader who believes an approaching meteor shower will herald the end of the world...There is a lot to like in this narrative—including relentless pacing, nonstop action, bombshell plot revelations, and the author’s wry sense of humor throughout (as evidenced by the novel’s conclusion)—but the real power here comes from the cast of deeply developed characters. Sarah, specifically, is intriguingly complex, and her journey of self-discovery is profoundly moving. Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Stand." - Kirkus Reviews
"As a trans person who deals with mental illness, I found the representation there to be very good. It was clearly done with research and care. I especially enjoyed the discussion about how dysphoria feels, and how not every trans person will have a desire for surgery as part of their transition. At times the language used was a little clunky, but I can absolutely forgive that in light of the ideas presented."
- Micchi, Goodreads reviewer
"Not only do we get to explore Good vs Evil, LGBTQ+ issues, and insanity, but we finish with a rip roaring action packed battle. This book has it all." - Darrold Wagner, Amazon Vine Reviewer
"If you want to read a book that will have you so engaged that you do not want to walk away, this would be it! Jay Hartlove has a gift that cannot be ignored. - Wanda Firman-Cooper, Write Your Own Story Reviews
Via crisp descriptions that pull you into the moment and a skillful allotment suspense to keep you turning the page, Hartlove introduces you to warring cults and innocent bystanders caught up in a battle for nothing less than life.
Even with all that, Hartlove does something truly splendid – he enriches us with a lead character that is both timely and appropriate. Sarah Meyer, the main protagonist, is a transgender youth. You see the global threats and changes through her eyes, along with the personal changes her body and life are coming to terms with. The comparison is fascinating if occasionally heartbreaking. There are those who accept and those who reject Sarah’s transition – sometimes including Sarah herself. She is left with the question of how to bring the world into the truth and acceptance of its own danger when it barely accepts her truth and existence.
This is an Urban Fantasy, right for the modern age, that will tug and yank you in all sorts of directions until you get to the last satisfying page.
- T.E. MacArthur, author of A Place of Fog and Murder and The Skin Thieves