We go from the first to the unusual second then back and forth and back again, later settling on the first. It’s from this that we get a clear understanding of what he’s feeling and what he’s doing… eventually.
'Interesting' and 'different' are what first come to mind as I finished this, but also that it’s brutal. Not just in that jarring realization that it’s him in a cage, but everything else that follows from there, including the abuse he suffers and the perception others hold and the choice his faced with. There’s a softer side too, a not so obvious soft aspect in the longing he has, the relationships his built and loyalty he possesses… though there’s really not that much soft in that last aspect.
What I liked:
It’s brutal, vividly so, but it’s more too with Nathan- authentic as a guy; not alpha nor beta, not a “character,” but one who’s believable in who he is and what he’s going through.
What I didn’t:
Unexplained moments, conveniently placed help-mates... essentially more than one inexplicable that permits him to get from point A to B to C and so on.
I liked HALF BAD... mostly.