Review: Inert

  • Title:
    • Inert
  • Author:
    • Matthew Fish
  • Release:
    • August 15, 2019
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Ken Schaljo

I had to give this one a second listen, thankfully it was short enough to do so. It reminds me of a video game I played once that really struck a chord with me. “What Remains of Edith Finch” or something like that. It made me wonder, what does it mean to “live” and to “die”?

I’ve heard people say you die twice. First when your body dies, and then when all memories of you die. This story made me wonder though. What about the people whose lives we impact and the ripples they leave behind? Our cats, our caretakers, friends, loved ones, etc.

For years, I’ve devoted my life to editing wikis for things I’m passionate about. I want to leave behind a memory of my passions, through my work. Even if nobody remembers my name. Sometimes I wonder if I’m living my life, but on others, I just want to leave behind a legacy. And the protagonist’s rescue cat made me remember that our actions have far-reaching consequences. Even if your life is cut short, a life spent making the world a better place is better than

The narrator was great. But I’m still giving this a “meh” rating because the background hissing was fucking obnoxious. It was distracting as all hell and part of the reason I had to give this a second listen.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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