I'm not sure how Brian Hodge managed to squeeze an abusive childhood, a strained sibling relationship, elements of the science of astronomy, and a whole lot og cosmic horror into one 85 page novella, but I know he did it and did it extremely well.
Taking the first person POV of Damien, a young man who never knew his father and only escaped his critical and neglectful mother as soon as he was able, Whom the Gods Would Destroy details his search for answers when his half-brother shows up on his door-step and wants him to see something critically important. From there, Hodge takes the reader on a nightmarish journey of earth-altering proportions, steadily building tension, while at the same time delivering something truly thought-provoking. The writing is also on par with the plot, as Hodge delivers time and again with sentences which stopped me in my reading tracks.
A fantastic novella that was equal parts fascinating and frightening, Whom the Gods Would Destroy is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a little science mixed up with their fantastical horror.
4.5 Missed Nominations for Mother of the Year for Whom the Gods Would Destroy.