Eight Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds Review

 Eight Minutes And Thirty-Two Seconds is the time the last two surviving humans spend dead and live in a populated world again. And again. And again. As the time between deaths gets shorter with each death, can they figure out how the world ended? Does it matter anymore?

From the author of the amazing Henry Franks, one of the first books I reviewed, comes another 5 star book with excerpt & giveaway below.

About Eight Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds:

I received this book for free from Silver Dagger Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Eight Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds ReviewTitle: Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds
Author: Peter Adam Salomon
Pub. Date: April 10th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 184
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There is no evil corporation to topple, no tyrannical government to overthrow, no rag-tag band of survivors to lead.

Two people survived the end of the world. L and M don’t remember their names. They don’t know what happened. They don’t understand why they’re alive.

They know they’re addicted to a drug that kills them. And they know that after dying, they briefly live in the world as it was.

L and M try to fight the addiction, but the pull of the past is too strong. The joy of those eight minutes and thirty-two seconds before the drug wears off.

But there’s a heavy cost: missing memories, vicious withdrawal, and far too many secrets. Still, they pay the price, and slowly begin to reconstruct what happened to the eight billion who died.

Worst of all, they discover who killed them.

Excerpt from Eight Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds

L had forgotten how many times she’d died.
Once more. Her repeated promise to M: just one more death.
L’s fingers shook where they rested on his arm, trying to pull the injector closer to the port in her forearm, waiting for her fix.
M pressed the plunger.
For a moment, she wanted to curse him for injecting her, for reminding her that, after she died, she’d forget her empty promises of never dying again.
He’d heard it all before. He’d hear it the next time he killed her. And the next.
But that moment was fatally brief as the heat reached her heart and fire tore through her with the finality of flatlining.


The first seconds after dying were a vertigo death spiral, when the brain shuts down amid the inescapable sound of the last beat of her heart.
Then, memory returns. She’d died before. She’d die again. On purpose.
Death had a reason.

IMHO: Eight Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds

WOW that was gripping from the get. I won’t be forgetting this any time soon.

Stunned face while clapping

Of course, EVERYTHING being a mystery leaves little room to speak on it. What I can say spoiler free:

  • Addicts withdrawing, medical emergencies, bullying, abuse, implied rape,
  • Only saw one thing coming in the very beginning but with the clues/foreshadowing I’m sure it’s on purpose & didn’t negatively affect my experience.
  • Everything else was a thrill-ride guessing game.
  • I wasn’t surprised about who ended the world, but L & M certainly were given the circumstances. Can hardly blame them.
  • Atmospheric. So desolate and lonely…
  • That damn AI.
  • I do wish one girl meet a different end, it’s so trope-y to use her that way. That is the only negative.

Amazing stylized for the Layaway dragon theme.


Easily & HIGHLY recommendable for teens & adults alike. For mystery & sci-fi fans. I’ve been racking my brain for comp titles, but coming up blank. It’s like ???? amazing, okay!!

About the Author:

About Peter Adam Salomon

Peter Adam Salomon Author Picture

Peter Adam Salomon is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild.

His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, was published by Flux in 2012. His second novel, ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS, published by Flux in 2014, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Young Adult fiction. Both novels have been named a 'Book All Young Georgians Should Read' by The Georgia Center for The Book.

His short fiction has appeared in the Demonic Visions series among other anthologies, and he was the featured author for Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition. He was also selected as one of the Gentlemen of Horror for 2014.

His poem 'Electricity and Language and Me' appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop. Eldritch Press published his first collection of poetry, PseudoPsalms: Prophets (nominated for the Elgin Award), and his second and third poetry collections, PseudoPsalms: Saints v. Sinners and PseudoPsalms: Sodom (nominated for the Elgin Award), were published by Bizarro Pulp Press. In addition, he was the Editor for the first books of poetry released by the Horror Writers Association: Horror Poetry Showcase Volumes I and II.

Peter Adam Salomon founded both National Dark Poetry Day (Oct. 7) and the annual international Horror Poetry Showcase for the Horror Writers Association.


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