It is difficult to pin down in a single sentence exactly what Daniel Kramb’s novel Collision (self published at blurb.com) is all about. The story revolves around the meeting of and subsequent relationship between four young protagonists, each living away their lives in modern-day London. This summary, however, would not be complete without a mention of the book’s underlying themes. Collision is a timely story, focussing with brutal precision on the new millenium, and all the collapse and dislocation that accompanies it.
The first thing which occurs when reading is the unusual style. The chapters are composed of page after page of fragmented, repeating sentences, all broken and jumbled as if in the aftermath of some shattering disaster. It is a hard, hypnotic style, lending itself to a fast and intense reading experience. It may, however, take some getting used to.
As to the narrative; the story flits between the four protagonists: Jonathan, Sarah, Lizzie and Max. Of the four Sarah and Max are the most developed, and would appear to be the central characters in the story. While Max spends his days striving for his ideal job, Sarah works–somewhat unhappily–for a national newspaper. Each is absorbed in their own struggle, until their meeting for an interview calls into question exactly what it is they are working towards.
The novel starts off well, but struggles to bring resolution–after all, in the situation it creates there is little chance of a happy ending. It is best in its early stages, when it skewers so accurately its characters despair.
Ultimately Collision is a refreshingly modern novel, and unique enough to be worth your time. It is available at: blurb.com