“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
The gates of Hell, Dante’s Inferno
I just finished reading an intriguing retelling of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Journey to the Center of the Earth. It has its own unique twist to the original story. Instead of prehistoric monsters, the center of the Earth is inhabited by the arthropod equivalents of dinosaurs and other invertebrate abominations. In the center of the Earth, there are a million ways to get killed or eaten. Every creature, plant, and even the elements want to kill humans. A team of cavers follow a series of clues that lead them to the center of the Earth, but they get far more than they bargained for when they find themselves in a land of giants and nightmares. Now they are constantly hunted and on the run as they struggle to find a way back to the surface. Every character is fair game and you are constantly guessing on who would die next. It has been an enjoyable read and I am currently reading the sequel.