Book Review: Flux by Orion Carloto

I first stumbled upon Flux when I was at Chapters Indigo and was drawn by the beautiful and intricately designed cover. I bought this about a month ago, and dove right in!

Dates Read: January 31, 2018 – February 2, 2018

Rating 3.5/5

Flux by Orion Carloto has a collection of poems and prose all focusing on love – the effects of a broken heart, sadness, and heartbreak all intertwined into one. There are beautiful illustrations throughout that elevate and capture the mood of the poem or prose it represents.

The poems and prose create a sensation of loss and of longing within the reader, and perfectly sends them into the world I imagine Carloto was trying to bring them into. Filled with sadness and desire, even the one-liners make an impact on you. Though I was unable to relate to some and others were too short and repetitive for my liking, I truly believe that anybody – whether or not you’ve been in a relationship or have been recently broken up – can understand and relate to the works in Flux. The longer poems/pieces of prose are especially powerful.

On that note, here are a few of my favourites from Flux:

1) A casual yet beautiful reminder that seeing life through rose coloured lenses can be troubling and doesn’t provide the whole picture. Furthermore, it highlights how we often ignore the red flags (the thorns) despite knowing their presence due to the overpowering sights of beauty (the petals). Loved the metaphor here!


2) A heartbreaking reminder of the tragic turn of events thanks to fate and destiny.


3) One of the longer pieces – “Manipulation” hit me hard.  It truly highlights the pain associated with a one-sided relationship. In particular, the repetition of the second stanza throughout the poem reinforces the torturous thoughts the narrator holds, and the structure of the last “he loves me [space] not” gives a sense of hopeless desire: the narrator wishes that ‘he’ loved her, and it comes with a sad sigh when she learns that he doesn’t.


4) Your words are your most powerful tools; use them wisely, and more than anything, remind yourself every day that you are loved. There is nothing more important than hearing that from yourself.


5) Carloto’s use of flowers as metaphors is once again seen in “Wildflowers”. A work that is bound to make you sit back and reflect.


Flux was an enjoyable read, and Orion Carloto’s words are sure to release some emotion in you – even the ones you thought you buried deep.



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