Publish Date: August 30, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Sebastian Black is gorgeous and charismatic - and he's telepathic. So when his prophetess mother, Kitty Black, declares him 'New Man', their tiny spiritual movement mushrooms. But when disciples die and Christian militants declare war on this 'false messiah', Sebastian runs, seeking refuge. He meets 'common' people with unforgettable histories: an aging lesbian couple; a Mexican handyman; an anorexic woman; a meth addict; a gay teenager; an unthinking college jock. As Sebastian's understanding of life deepens he drifts further from Kitty, who begins a plot to reel him back by conspiring with his enemies: followers of a dashing Spaniard who darkly mirrors Sebastian's preternatural talents and beauty. But even Sebastian can't forsee what happens next..
Review: Black as Snow is an interesting loose rendition of Snow White. Meet Sebastian Black, who is a messianic figure who is on the run from his mother, who pulls all his strings. Along the way, he meets people who teach him valuable lessons and open his eyes to the ‘real’ world. All of the characters are richly detailed and the plot reads like it’s torn from the headlines, but with its own unique lushness. I would have liked to learn more about the evolution of man and the passing of the ‘old god’ and rise of the ‘new god’. Overall, I found Black as Snow to be an intriguing and thought-provoking read.