The Die-Fi experiment, by M.R. Tapia, is a nightmarish story that depicts the animalistic cruelties human will put each other through, if only for the sake of saving their loved ones.
The story begins when Maria and her husband wake up in a sadistic game show, where contestants brutally murder each other in order to survive. As her husband reminisces on their lives together, the two go through terrifying trials for the vain promise of seeing the other again. Eventually, her husband decides that Maria’s life is the only thing that mattered at that point, and resolves to do whatever it takes to secure her freedom. However, despite his best efforts, he can only watch as the woman he loved fall into the river of gore near him.
I loved how Tapia portrayed the husband’s character. I didn’t see a name for him, nor did I see anything significant in his life outside his love for Maria; in my eyes, he was just Maria’s husband. This disturbing quality truly does fit his choice when he decides to try and save his wife, as well as his devastation when he realizes what he must do to survive. It was as if I was watching a twisted version of Romeo, trying to live out his love for Juliet, no matter what the cost.
The age-old adage, “Just because on the Internet, doesn’t mean it’s true,” kept haunting me with every little word I read. Tapia reminded me of the eerie lesson that when we’re away from the world and on our computer, we’re free to do whatever we want; as long as no one we know catches wind of our actions, everything’s fine. The rules of decency don’t apply in the gameshow, and it goes to show how truly isolated Maria and her husband are, that it really is them against the world. This was even shown by the terrifying #happyhoneymoonmarie#.
I loved this story. The details were chilling to the core, and Tapia’s masterful telling of the love between Maria and her husband was wonderful. Because of this, I wold rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it to those who enjoy the movie Silence of the Lambs and the Amnesia video game series.
Here is a link to this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35521309-the-die-fi-experiment?ac=1&from_search=true