You couldn't tell by the sight of him, but that hunched over figure, the one leaning heavily on his wooden cane like a withered old man, is Macy Crookstop: high school freshman. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Macy's condition isn't the only thing that outcasts him from his peers. When literary magazines aren't rejecting his writing, and he's not building sets at a run dowYou couldn't tell by the sight of him, but that hunched over figure, the one leaning heavily on his wooden cane like a withered old man, is Macy Crookstop: high school freshman. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Macy's condition isn't the only thing that outcasts him from his peers. When literary magazines aren't rejecting his writing, and he's not building sets at a run down community theatre, Macy is just trying to survive high school. But when his father disappears one evening after receiving a cryptic piece of mail, high school quickly becomes the last thing Macy Crookstop is trying to survive. Left to fend for himself, Macy begins experiencing bizarre displacements during the night, coming round in a cellar of puzzling, broken artifacts. And he's not alone. With the arrival of three more teenagers, each of whom claims to be from a different part of the world, Macy's perception of reality is quickly being turned on its head. Now, he and this club of misfits must work together to learn the truth about their parents' adventurous pasts, escape a secret society of murderers, and expose a long forgotten world that will bring into question the extent of humanity's known senses....more
September 6th 2012
by CreateSpace Publishing
I absolutely devoured all 633 pages of this book! It doesn't seem like a long read and ends up just being the introduction to an epic story. I feel like I made friends with the characters, cheering for and grieving along with them during their adventures. You'll get sucked into a new reality that just might leave you questioning where your mind goes when you're asleep. Before I knew it I'd reached the last chapter and I'm left wanting more. Can't wait for the next Cartier creation!
This book is an excellent read for people of all ages. Cartier guides you on an adventure unlike any other with a motley crew of underdogs in a ghastly, hidden world superimposed upon our own. The plot moves at an engaging pace, the characters are multidimensional and quite likable, the setting is creative and well-crafted, and the conflict makes a happy-ending unclear, keeping you on the edge of your seat. It's a great read-- everybody should pick this one up!
Originally from the Southwest, J.B. Kish moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2012. He spends his weekends in a walk-in closet turned office working on his third novel, Little Fires. His first novel, The Midnight Club and New London, was written under the name John Cartier.