Online Shelf-Talker: “Day Boy,” Trent Jamieson

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Mark is a Day Boy. In a post-traumatic future the Masters – formerly human, now practically immortal – rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him. Mark has been lucky in his Master: Dain has treated him well. But as he grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made. Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master, or throw in his lot with his fellow humans? As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark’s decision may be crucial. In Day Boy Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way. This is beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man. Or to remain one.

Trent Jamieson is a Brisbane author who deserves a little more attention. Readers might already be familiar with his Deathworks trilogy, set in Brisbane. Day Boy is a little more obscure in regards to setting. Jamieson writes in such a wonderfully subtle way that the reader is aware that this world is futuristic-western—but decidedly Australian—without having to be told. The same can be applied to the plot; it is a subtle narrative that navigates the confusing world between boyhood and adulthood, infused with action but not too much. This is the kind of book that stays with the reader once finished; one that does not dumb-down to its audience.