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The Wonder of All Things

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  3,458 ratings  ·  581 reviews
From critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott comes a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles.

On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found hu
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Mira
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Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A novel that raised interesting questions, but that in the end failed to deliver some answers. I don't mean THE answers, because I don't think there's any definite one. It's more a feeling on my part that it didn't go as far as its premise could (and should) have taken it.

The story deals with Ava, a thireteen-year-old girl who suddenly reveals a healing power. Unfortunately, this power comes with a price, and the more she uses it, t
Dale Harcombe
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.
I came to this book not having read The Returned, this author’s previous book. For that I am glad. It meant I came to it fresh and not comparing it with what had gone before. I was into this story from the first line’ FOR ONCE, DEATH took pity.’
The story starts at an air show gone wrong. Thirteen year old Ava and her friend Wash are trapped beneath rubble. Wash is seriously injured but when Ava lays hands on him his wounds miraculously disappear. At the same time it takes
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books, 2014
I had a difficult time rating this book. I loved the idea behind the book, but I don't think it completely lived up to it's potential. It was still a good book and worth the read, but there weren't many surprises. Pretty much the story is laid out for you and you you know what is coming because each part is a bit cliche, even though I felt the concept of the book was fairly unique.

This is the story of Ava, a thirteen year old girl with a unique ability to heal people, and her family and friends
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Great premise that ended up going nowhere. Clunky writing and poor editing (particularly proofreading); great character sketches but the characters didn't ever quite connect with one another for me. ...more
Jen • Just One More Page

This review is also posted on my blog.

I received a copy free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In the Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott, thirteen year old Ava, trapped under a collapsed structure with her badly injured best friend, Wash, lays her hands on his wound, closes her eyes and wishes for him to be healed. To the astonishment of witnesses, including Ava's police chief father, Wash's injury vanishes, and Ava collapses. As word spreads of the 'Miracle Child', the small town in which Ava lives is inundated with people seeking her touch, and Ava and her family struggle under the weig
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Would someone really be able to heal another person and have that ability and not know it? Does love bring it to the surface? Does it happen when a dire situation closely affecting the healer happens?

Ava didn't know she had the ability to heal, and it turned her life ​upside down ​and the entire town of Stone Temple as well. Folks were flocking to this unknown town after Ava healed her friend Wash.

​Most of the people coming to Stone Temple wanted Ava to heal them or a loved one, but she became
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed in this book . . . I felt like the story had such potential but it just never got there. There were some beautiful lines, but the characters were very flat and the dialogue stilted. There were a lot of "side" stories that were thrown in but then very little was done with them. And by the end of the book, the telling instead of showing was grating. I felt like the end of the book was supposed to be a kind of Jodi Picoult, leave-you-wondering, I-never-saw-that-coming moment b ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to receive an advanced reader copy of The Wonder of All Things though one of the Goodreads Giveaways. I really enjoy reading books written by local authors, and Jason Mott happens to be a fellow Carolinian.

The story is about a 13 year old girl, Ava, whose healing powers are discovered after a tragic air show accident in a small North Carolina town. She somehow manages to save her best friend Wash's life simply by placing her hands upon his wound. While it's never really exp
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
In the aftermath of a tragedy at an air show, 13 year old Ava and her best friend Wash are trapped under rubble. Wash is gravely injured and whilst they are being dug out Ava is captured on camera “healing” him with her hands. In the days that follow, the power of the internet means that the whole world is aware of what happened, almost within minutes of it happening and when Ava and Wash are released from hospital they find a media circus on their doorstep – journalists, religious groups, ordin ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed Mott's first book, The Returned, and I didn't mind the ambiguity of that book's main plot line or it's ending. The same was true for this book. What drove me bonkers though, and what I've yet to see another reviewer note, is the problem that began right from chapter one of The Wonder of All Things. After an accident with an airplane at a festival, 13 year old Ava and her friend Wash, are trapped under the rubble from the silo they were standing under. ...more
Brett Benner
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. After being surprised and quite moved by Mott's first book, 'The Returned' I was anxious to see what the author would do on his second. Sadly, what starts with a promising premise, for me dissolved into a somewhat sappy Hallmark movie that retreads some of his previous ideas about loss and grief, but this time through the hands of miracle worker Ava Campbell who after an air show accident saves the life of her best friend Wash. The books strongest suit is the budding love ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I picked this book up at Chapters from a ‘Buy 3 for $10’ sale. I had no idea how it would be, but the blurb on the back drew me in. I figured it would be an entertaining beach read...

Now that I finished this book in a short 3 days, I cannot imagine why this book was so cheap. It was phenomenal. It should have been on the best-sellers rack!

Jason Mott is a writer I will definitley be looking for in the future. His writing is deep, thorough, descriptive, and flows beautifully. The story of Ava and
Stone Temple, North Carolina is a typical small town, until one of their own returns home to participate in an air show and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of two families. Ava Campbell was nothing special to anyone other than her family and friends until the day of the air show. After a horrific crash, Ava and Wash are trapped in a crumbling concrete silo. Wash is seriously injured and the only thing that comes to Ava's mind is that she doesn't want her friend to d ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading The Returned by Jason Mott, I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of The Wonder of All Things, his latest novel. Jason Mott is a fantastic storyteller and although I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending of The Returned (mainly because it just ended and it didn’t seem like there was an explanation), I understand that was most likely his point. Not everything in life has a perfect ending or explanation. Which leads me to discussing his latest book in which the storyline revol ...more
Lisa B.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

Thirteen year old Ava is a healer. The only problem is, each time she heals someone, it takes a great toll on her physically. As a result of using her “gift” she is constantly cold and losing weight. Sometimes she is unconscious for several days.

This story brought up an interesting ethical dilemma. Should Ava be forced to use her gift, even if it brings her harm? If your loved one was sick and dying, would healing them at the expense of another matter?

I thought this was an interesting
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bittersweet tale of magical realism, a genre dear to my heart: a thirteen-year-old girl discovers (along with the rest of the world) that she has magical healing powers. The writing is quite lyrical; not surprising since Jason Mott is an accomplished poet as well as a novelist. I highly recommend to anyone wishing to escape into a "what if?" world for a while. ...more
Mary Haney
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, favorites
It's an old concept.

In a great crowd, a woman came to Jesus for healing and just touched the hem of his garment. Instantly, he asked, "Who touched me?" His disciples gave him the You've got to be kidding look, but he insisted, "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me."

That simple idea has enlivened fiction novels in many forms, and in The Wonder Of All Things by Jason Mott, Ava, a thirteen year old girl with the gift of healing, finds her own life force growing wea
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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During a local festival of some sorts a small plane crashes into the people watching the show. In the events that follow, thirteen year old Ava is seen when she miraculously heals the wounds of her best friend Wash. The video spreads around the internet like wildfire. Although it might seem wonderful at first, the healing doesn't come without a price. Ava's own body is wasting away and everyone - for their own interests - wants her to d
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I hadn't started reading this book at 10pm, it would have been a one-sitting read; as it is, I got halfway last night and have gotten nothing accomplished today except finishing it. That said, if I had made it through one more chapter last night, I would have just had to stay up till dawn.

Macon Campbell is the sheriff of a dying Southern town, remarried widower and husband to Carmen who is extremely pregnant and desperately trying to form the family she couldn't hold on to with her first mar
Donna Parker
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I started reading The Wonder of all Things because I had read The Returned, now adapted as a TV series, ABC’s Resurrection which got me hooked last season and yes, I’m still watching.
As I started reading this latest book I knew very quickly I may not like the ending, so it is with some books. But I read on, partly because I had borrowed the digital copy from for the low price of an honest review and mostly, because I wanted to see how it ended, even if that meant tears.
Whether it
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think what I liked most about this book was the questions it raised. Can you (should you) demand that someone help another when the cost is devastating? How do you decide who gets help if the "resources" are limited? Can a person be totally altruistic without that little voice in the back of their mind saying, "What's in it for me?"

The storyline is built on the foundation of relationships - Ava and her father, Macon; Ava and her stepmother, Carmen; Ava and her late mother, Heather; Isaiah and
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Wonder of All Things, author Jason Mott reflects on what happens to people when the miraculous occurs. When a tragedy occurs in the small town of Stone Temple, North Carolina, a young girl named Ava is able to heal her mortally injured friend, Wash. Neither Ava nor her family understand her ability to heal. They do, however, recognize that each time she heals someone it takes her longer and longer to recover. Meanwhile, the world clamors for more miracles no matter what the cost. The is a ...more
Craig Allen
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this wonderfully written story about a young girl that can heal sick people and the media/religious attention it brings on her and the small town she lives in as others flock to benefit from her gift. Just like "The Returned", this book is so well written and I had trouble putting it down. I enjoyed the ending a lot as well. I had about 3 different ideas of how it might wrap up and I can only say I "sort of" called it--but not really. I loved this one a lot. ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Honestly I would give this zero stars if that was a rating option. This was one of the worst books I have ever read in my life, it was dull, meandering, and was poorly, POORLY written. Great premise, horrible execution. Save yourself the hours, don't read it. ...more
Linda Reynolds
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This should be a drinking book! Every time they say the word "okay" take a drink! I'm okay. You're okay. It's going to be okay. Everything's okay. ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love reading works by Jason Mott. I am more of a high fantasy reader, but I can sit and really get into Mott's work. Here you have a girl that can heal with a touch and a father that can't protect or save her from anyone, including herself. In addition to this being a story about a girls ability and a father's dilemma, it is also a story of first love. So many feels, especially at the end.

I loved every character, except the minister. I remember reading The Returned and having similar feelings
Sofia Stevenson
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-books
It wasn't a bad book, I just didn't like the storyline. Everyone was out for themselves instead of caring about the welfare of 'the miracle child'. I won't say much else so I won't spoil it for anyone that wants to read it. ...more
Allison Scharf
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very slow and disappointing ending. Don't waste your time. ...more
Christy ImperfectlyWorthy
Wow. Such an interesting beautiful book!

Will become part of my very small & rare keeper pile!
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Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various journals such as Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Week ...more

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