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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Lethal persecution. Haunting decisions. Death just a whisper away.

Jack grew up concealing his faith, but now the persecution of Christians has turned lethal. After inadvertently putting his family in danger, Jack becomes aware of a covert agency dedicated to protecting Christians. The agency takes his mother and sister to safety and offers him a position as an emergency m
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Published June 23rd 2017
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Sarah Grace Grzy
3.75 stars.

The subtitle for this book is "The book in which all the lovely characters die." People, don't get attached to any of the characters - you'll regret it later, trust me. :P

Real review to come. :D
Paul Willis
Jun 03, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my debut novel and I'm soooo excited to share it with the world soon! And the cover, oh my, the designer does awesome work!!!

I'm recommending this book for ages 16+ because of thematic material and brief violence.
Angela Watts
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

Overall, this was not my cup of tea, and while I will try to be fair in this review, it may come off harsh. I do not intend to condemn or belittle the author or anyone who liked this book. A review is merely the reader’s perspective, this is mine. I’ll note, also, that as a dystopian author, I respect tackling tough, dark themes, so kudos.


This story is fast paced and doesn’t drag. It follows a pacifist as he changes his beliefs about war while facing unimaginable trials. However,
Kate Willis
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This book was like one of those good war movies that make you feel and think through several facets of the same issue. In fact, this book was so action packed and thought provoking I felt exhausted by the end of it, but it was absolutely worth it. The spiritual theme never got “preachy” as the two main characters moved closer to the truth in a very real way.
C.B. Cook
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not really a big fan of dystopian, but when I got a chance to get an eARC of this book, I decided to try it out. After all, it had an interesting premise and it was a Christian novel, so why not? 

Well, when I started reading it, I found that this book pulled me in and really captured my attention. I found it hard to put it down! The plot was exciting, and I really enjoyed the world that Paul Willis created. It was also really thought provoking. I didn't want to put the book down, but I did o
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

I've been following the author's blog, Project Blank Page since around the time he started it last winter. His posts are always amazing and either make me laugh or think (or both), so when he offered people a chance to read his book in exchange for reviews, I jumped at the chance. (And, on that note y'all should check out his blog - it's well worth reading.) 

Plus, that cover is pretty great looking. Intriguing, right? 

What I Thought about this Book:

This is one of the very
Angie Thompson
Oh boy. How do I even begin to review this book? How do I even begin to process it?

I had read reviews going in, so I knew this was not going to be an easy and painless read, and it wasn't. I tried to guard my heart from getting too attached to characters that I couldn't be sure were going to survive, and I almost succeeded...almost. I was so proud of myself for not crying through 90% of the story--and then my heart shattered. But even then, the picture of victorious Christian martyrdom left me s
Melani Crone
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised at how much I liked Crossroads. I don't read too many dystopian type novels, but the description intrigued me so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did.

This is DEFINITELY the most complex self-published book that I've ever read. Without a doubt. At the same time, it wasn't confusing or hard to follow; I just don't know how Paul kept his story straight! This was definitely not a simple storyline or a simple book to sit down and write.

I really like all of the mor
Libby May
Yes it's 12:30 at night. Yes I finished. Umm...

What do I think?

Let's just say in my enthusiasm I used both thumbs to click 5 stars.

Recommended ages 16 and up.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Review @ Kate's blog!


Well, well. This is a dystopian book unlike anything I’ve read before. I count dystopian as one of my favorite genres, but I don’t read many and when I do, I tend to have really high expectations. And… honestly, I’m not sure what to think of this one!

It didn’t quite meet my expectations (let’s face it – when you’ve heard this much about a book, you have, well, very high expectations) but at the same time it was so interesting and intriguing and very engaging and wow?? Ser
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

I normally don’t read these kinds of books because they just don’t interest me. So this was a different style for me. It stirred up my reading life. Caused me to ponder new things, look at stuff in a different light.

Even though the tears did not flow, this book pulled at my heartstrings. It caused me to think about what this world will look like in just a few short years.

The characters will grab at your heart and not want to let go. Ashlynn being a personal favorite of mine.

A thrilli
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Welp, I’m late. Paul, don’t kill me ;D)

When is killing acceptable? Is it ever acceptable?

These are the questions many Christians have — and these are only a few of the questions that Paul Willis deals with in this novel.

I’ve always been a reader of dystopian novels — I like how they really force me to think about what I believe about morality — and this novel didn’t disappoint on this front. In fact, if anything, it went much further than any other novel I’ve read because of its shameless Chr
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been over a week and I still don't know what to rate this. In a way, I loved it, but in a way... I didn't.

First off, I loved Jack. The fact that I can remember his name should show how much I liked him, because I always forget names right after I read a book. Honestly, I was really excited to read with a pacifist as a main character. It was nice and different.
Which brings me to my biggest dislike: of coarse everyone's mission is to cure Jack of his pacifism. Everyone agrees its wrong with
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This turned out better than I expected! I really liked the author's look at whether or not pacifism is Biblically justified. It's not a topic often explored among Christian circles, much less in teen fiction. Personally, I'm not a pacifist, so there were several times when I was mentally screaming at the main character to JUST SHOOT THE BAD GUY!!! But I am pleased with how the author's portrayal of the Jack, the main character, invited the audience to struggle with him as he tries to follow his ...more
S.G. Willoughby
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll be the first one to say we need more quality Christian dystopian books, and I was excited to see this one! It had some things that personally threw me off, but I suspect that it is just because the author's writing style feels like my own so much that I'm harsher in my judgements. :) There were a few typos, and more places than I liked that felt.... choppy, but it was good. I hope there will be more books, the ending felt a bit incomplete. But again, I think I'm just prejudiced ;)

(I receive
Marit E.R.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Crossroads” was definitely not the type of book I typically read. Dystopian books, as well as books containing immense amounts of action and adventure don’t usually end up on my bookshelf. However, this was a very good first for me. Following Jack’s (the main character’s) journey forced me to ponder the same questions he did. The subject of the plot was one I have thought about many times. Set in the United States, in a time when Christians are outlawed and terrorized, this book put what could ...more
Lauren Salisbury
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book from the author. I was not obligated to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

When I got the chance to get an advance copy of this book, I jumped at it. I love dystopian stories and the fact that it's Christian made me even more interested in reading it. I wasn't disappointed. It kept my interest through a long cross-Atlantic flight - easy to read with some great descriptive details. It's fast paced action from start to finish with a great twist on th
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing!!!!! One of my favorites as soon as I finished beta reading it. It was so good, I've already read it twice, and now I'm just itching to get a beautiful leather bound hard cover copy of this collector's item. The only problem is, that's way too expensive, so I'm just gonna have to stick with the paperback version for now. If you haven't marked this as a "to read," I'm so sorry for you. You're missing out on a lot ;) From the front page to the last, this book capti ...more
Parker Hankins
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay. How should I start? This was WAY amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! The story was rather complex with all the characters and plot, and that was something I loved. I don't get to read very many books like that. Also, this is my first time reading in this genre. I'm hooked! I can't believe how good this was. I related to Jack so much and decided he's one of my favorite characters of all time. The plot was epic, the characters were well-crafted, and the setting was awesome!! I would recommend this to anyone ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is my new favorite book!!! I will recommend this book to EVERYONE! It’s a little violent, but I enjoyed it. :P
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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“Something warm and wet was running down his face. He would have another scar. He touched it with his finger and pulled it away to see. He wasn’t bleeding; he was crying. It was a scar from a deeper wound, one that would never heal.” (Crossroads, p.111)

Personally, I do not share the same view of the author when it comes to shooting or not shooting. When a Christian and a non-Christian stand opposite each other, is it right for the Christian to kill the other? I say no. The Christian does not hav
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Paul Willis is an average guy seeking to glorify God. He is a homeschool graduate and happy about it. He will always be learning the crafts of writing and independent publishing. He is picky about what he writes—it must be comedic or meaningful, and above all, it must be clean.

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