Death and Other Taxes is a Sci-Fi novel that brings an interesting twist on reality. It follows a boy who has died, but ‘too early,’ and so in turn must wait it out before he returns to the files. Because his parents didn’t ‘lose’ his name, and because his ‘wits’ were in tact, this boy is then nicknamed Wit. Wit then goes on a journey of a lifetime, trying to win back the life that he believes is rightfully his. He meets a vast array of other ‘people'(Talking horses, birds, and, yes, even socks,) some good, some, not so much, on the quest of his, erm, life.
This book was interesting in a very eccentric way. It kept me guessing as to where Wit would go next, and in no way was an easily foreshadowed book. I loved the overall concept of the book, it wasn’t your basic concept of life and death, it had an interesting twist on time, as well as an interesting twist on life itself. The ending was good, even though I felt as if something was missing, which can just be in regards to the fact of the author’s excellent story world building. Although there was a wide array of reasons why I loved this book, I do believe that I should state a couple of the things that the author should look out for in the future, for this author definitely has legit potential.
in the beginning of the book, I was often confused as a reader. It’s not necessarily that the author didn’t explain enough, it’s just that the author almost had a hard time finding the correct words to explain each scenario. After each bubble of confusion, there was later an ‘ah-ha’ moment that was a redeeming quality, but not enough to totally overlook this part.
Although it wasn’t heavy on the grammar problems/typos, I was still able to understand what each sentence meant, there were some grammar problems that could have been fleshed out with a couple more rounds of editing, or, even, hiring another editor to sweep away the last bread crumbs of it all.
Okay, now that I got the dirty work done, I want to focus on a couple more good qualities of this book. I really enjoyed reading into the characters, and, being the cat person that I am, my favorite was Pillow(guilty as charged,) which wasn’t really a main main character, but I felt the full impact of how well constructed the character was. The general idea of a cat having nine lives, and since they don’t destroy all nine lives in one huge explosion, part of them waits as the rest of them dies off, is truly brilliant. The whole idea of the bringer of death was a surprising twist that I don’t want to spoil, and, even though I tend to gravitate towards the supporting characters instead of the MC, I’d have to say I still enjoyed the character of Wit, all due to the fact that Miller didn’t neglect making his MC interesting in order to make all the other characters interesting in return. Kudos to him.
Overall, I rate this story as a whole a 4.5 out of 5, rounding down to a 4, all in part because the introduction of the entire book was a little choppy, but, once I got into the flow of the book, I enjoyed it. This book is recommended to lovers of sci-fy of all ages, although for your average reader, I’d recommend it towards the 12-20 bracket, for the content could be immature at times(the bird went on someone on several different occasions!)