Author: Chuck Black
Extra: Reader's Guide with biblical references
Style: Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Received: One trade paperback book
Price: $11.99 U.S./$13.99 Canada
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to do a review. Release date of book is March 18.
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CHUCK BLACK was raised in Williston, North Dakota. After traveling with the United States Air Force as a tactical communications engineer, he was accepted into pilot training and flew F-16 fighters for three years. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, have six children. He is the author of 13 books.
I have to admit, it's an interesting book. Characters are well-developed. You really get to know the characters Drew, Ben and Sydney. Drew is the main character, everything centres around him, from his reaction to his father's death at age 12 to the relationships he has with his Mom, Jake, Ben and Sydney. Chuck Black takes his time to thoroughly develop Drew as a believable character.
He doesn't know the Lord. He is keenly interested in Sydney, a young lady who is mostly homeschooled, and is a believer in the Lord. Sydney has a heart after the things of God and has a servant's heart.
Through an accident in a lab that Ben works at, Drew's life is completely changed. Suffering blindness, fighting depression, everything in Drew's life changes. Jake (a friend of his fathers) teaches Drew survival skills throughout his growing up years and that knowledge becomes helpful after the accident.
It was overall a good read.
I found it immensely disappointing at the end.
It's like I read it all and I wanted to know the END of the story. I was SO disappointed to find that I'd need to purchase another book in order to (hopefully) learn the ending. Will Drew figure out what these light and dark invaders are? Will he and Sydney ever have a relationship? What will happen with Ben? Did things go okay for Drew's mom when he left home?
All these questions and no answers. The book simply left me feeling dissatisfied.
I have no problems with books being in a series, but I do like each book to feel complete. This book simply did not feel complete to me.
Would I recommend it?
Honestly not sure.
It's a good read. It has a good theme. Characters are good. It just didn't feel like I finished it (even though technically I did). And I'm not sure I want to wait for book 2 to come out in order for me to feel finished with the tale. It's not compelling enough to leave me on pins and needles.