Massive Black Hole, a literary fiction novel by writer Andrea Barbosa, was nominated for the Indie Author land 50 Books Worth Reading contest, among so many other books and novels. The site displayed several categories and roughly 9-12 books competing in each genre. The 5 most voted from each category were winners. Massive Black Hole stood out among so many other talented works of fiction to land in #23 overall within the 50 most voted books. So, what is Massive Black Hole about? Here’s the blurb:
Massive Black Hole is a surrealist literary fiction novel that explores moral issues concerning suicide, abortion, friendship, betrayal, life’s purpose and the existence of hell through the lives of the protagonists.
At 18, Cibele, a student from Rio de Janeiro, dreams of a life in New York and moves to the big Apple as an au pair girl, where she meets the precocious Amy, a young scholar whose goal in life is to study sciences and astrophysics. While visiting the MET, Cibele is impressed by a particular work of art depicting hell, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch. When Amy introduces her to astronomy, she is consumed by fear of black holes. Lost and confused with what to do with her life, she meets ambitious Agatha from Texas, who came to New York to succeed as a fashion model. While trying to survive and achieve their goals, the 3 young women question the meaning of life, death and the existence of hell, and their friendship ultimately turns into a maze of betrayal, jealousy and selfishness.
>>>Because hell is real! Embark on this spiraling journey through Rio de Janeiro, Texas and New York discovering the ambitions of 3 young women trying to find the meaning of life. Through a series of events that prompt them to play with each other’s destiny, they will face their ultimate challenge: is hell real?
And here are some excerpts from some great reviews received both on Amazon and Goodreads:
“What I found interesting is that, as the story unfolds, all three protagonists undergo a major development. In Massive Black Hole nothing is as it seems at first, and friendship is a word taken too lightly. Both Cibele and Agatha, while initially very different, become cutthroat ‘bitches’ stopping at nothing to achieve their objectives, even if the assumptions their fears are based upon are far from reality. Barbosa shows a twisted side of femininity, where looks are everything and sex is a means that justifies the end.
But the book is about more than women taking advantage of each other and their surroundings. It is also a story of redemption and forgiveness. Throughout the book, Barbosa explores certain religious themes (religion shaped one character’s past and another’s future) that serve as a statement on humanity in general. Not only that, she also explores the controversial notion of hell being here and now (for some) which, while not widely accepted by Christians, is in line with Eastern religions and the concept of karma.
Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable read. While I would personally opt for a more intimate narrative, the story flowed fine in third-person narrative. There were no awkward time shifts and all flashbacks served their purpose. Agatha’s life turned out as one would have expected, however, both Amy and Cibele’s development came as a surprise. There were some minor repetition and edit issues, however, none distracting enough to take away from the reading experience. I’m glad this book found its way to my desk.” – Henry Martin, writer
“My favorite, “Christ’s Descent to Hell”, sums it all up. As a former crisis/school counselor this was a great book for me to read. Homeless & transients can be quite challenging to work with. Great story line, kind of a psychological thriller, most of the time it was easy for me to read/follow, no grammar errors or out of story line sequence, quite a few unexpected twist/turns, never a dull moment & great characters. It did pull together later on. Might even make a great movie. I ended up giving it a rating of 5 stars.” – Tony Parsons
“Massive Black Hole is a well-written, interesting story with three female leads who reveal details in separate POVs (from their teenage connection to their forty-something disconnect). Rio, Texas, and New York City serve as backdrop for Andrea Barbosa’s tapestry of a novel that interweaves the lives of three women from youth to middle age. Lush descriptive writing takes you inside each location setting, and deeply felt, thoughtfully drawn characters lure you into their stories. Multiple POVs and flashbacks are two difficult writing tasks that if not done well, can easily confuse readers. I’m impressed by the author’s ability to breeze through various narratives while keeping the story flowing smoothly.
I loved the unique concept and the intrigue of following these women to see where life would take them. Get ready for envy and betrayal between the once close knit three some, One life turns out well, however the others do not, thus a splendid element of surprise might make your mouth fall open.
Massive Black Hole is a thought provoking, literary work that will cause you to ponder specific areas long after you finish the read. Excellent debut novel and highly recommended for readers age 17 and up.” – Rhonjer
“The author did a great job in giving us a piece of reality and the intensity of emotions that everybody possesses. We have to face it, life is not easy but despite all the issues and problems that goes along with it, this book made me realize the value of our choices and the aftermath of our decisions. Well-written and definitely worthy of a spot in your library.” – Jenny Lane
“Massive Black Hole is one of those books that make you think. The story is about three characters, Cibele, Agatha, and Amy. Each one has her own set of flaws, which make their interactions fascinating. The dichotomy of Agatha’s beauty to her personality and how each character affected the other two was well done. I like how the story progressed and love the ending.
If you’re looking for a good read that engages your imagination and philosophy of life, then read Massive Black Hole!!” – Jon de Silva, writer