Best friends since childhood, Damien and Paxton are going on a college graduation trip of a lifetime to the jungles of Peru. Their adventures along the way will culminate in a night of consuming the mind-altering drug ayahuasca – the most potent DMT based hallucinogen known to man. Will the experience expand their consciousness and change them into the men society beckons? Or will the young men’s shadowy backgrounds turn the trip so dark that it will consume them and everyone around them?
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Ayahuasca is an extremely unique and creative story and I’m sure I have never read anything like it before in my life. It was a bit different than I expected it to be, but the story was addicting.
That being said, I didn’t 100% love this book. I liked the creativity and the author has strong writing abilities. There were some scenes that I felt were more like filler scenes or just there for the shock or laugh value. That doesn’t mean some of those scenes weren’t hilarious, but I do think the story would have been the same without those scenes.
Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to see what Damien and Paxton were going to get into next and I was dying to find out what G-88 was. I have mixed feelings about the main characters. I wasn’t sure if they were meant to be likable jerks or just stereotypical frat-boy assholes. Don’t get me wrong, they were hilarious at times, but they were also pretty dickish. They definitely have some issues going on and I felt bad for Paxton at times. Damien was just Damien. He should have gotten therapy as a kid or something.
I was hoping there would be more about Ayahuasca in the story than there was. I feel like the first scene where they encounter it could have been better. I understand why it was there, but something about it felt off. I also expected more from the ending, so I was a little disappointed at that. But like with any book there are parts I like and parts I don’t so just because I didn’t like something doesn’t mean you won’t love it. Personally, I didn’t love the ending, but that’s just me.
Overall this isn’t a bad read. If you don’t mind graphic violence, sexual situations, drug use, and ummmm alternative sexual ideas (?), you may like this book based on the psychological aspects of it. The author does a good job of going back into the lives of Damien and Paxton to give the reader a glimpse of how they got to where they are at now.