M. R. Tapia keeps delivering the goods! I wasn't sure about this book at first because I didn't know what a sugar skull was. Of course, I did my research. M. R. Tapia allows the reader to delve into other cultures. So far, I have learned about Japanese and Mexican culture through three of his stories.
Micah DeAtta wakes up to find himself seated across from Death. Micah doesn't know what is going on, so he converses with Death to see what has happened and why he is sitting across from Death. The exchanges become entertaining, which enhances the story a bit. Death nicknames him Meeks. I thought that it was funny because Death is being so personal to Micah like they have been friends awhile.
Micah is forced to relive the deaths of his family and friends before he learns about his own. The deaths occur in real time, and each death correlates with the nine levels of the Aztec underworld. He learns that he did not live up to his full potential. In fact, he regrets several things about his life. He learns that life is far too short and that death is forever.
The scenes in this book are vivid. The characters are relatable, and the dialogue is great. Each chapter ends with a line or two that makes you want to keep reading deep into the night. I would have finished this book in one sitting if life hadn't interfered with my reading. It is a great book filled with characters that you won't soon forget. I enjoyed the writing style as well. If you enjoyed The Die-Fi Experiment, then you will enjoy Sugar Skulls.
I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!