Auther: Peter Clines, 2012
I’m not sure how I came across this book. I’ve accumulated so many titles on my tbr list, perusing bookish IG tags, book club list and my own desires. 4 books into my goal of 24 in 2018 and I realize I’ve found my rhythm. Rediscovered my love for fictional reading. Awakened my incredible ability to slip myself completely into a story and forget the present. As a child, that’s called A Very Active Imagination. When you become an adult you don’t need Imagination. Adults label you a Change Agent. Something called, a Paycheck, captures you. Adults put you in an office and someone brings you salads and lattes while you look at screens showing numbers in boxes. You’re fantastic because, while only looking at a screen, the boxes fall away and you see people doing things in a way they don’t currently do them, but, if they did, the numbers in the boxes would be better. Better. And then you want everything, better. Read things that make you better. Better Christian, athlete, leader, better friend. Better garden, better baked chicken. No time to read fantastical stories about demons, witches, dragons. Or travel down yellow brick roads to see epic battles of good versus evil. You’re busy making shit better. #Pause I digress.
What does this have to do with the book? The characters in this book are living a boring adult life rife with struggle and love when thrust into an environment that forces them to deal with the extremely fantastical. In real-time a group of horribly average people have to tap into their long lost imagination in an attempt to Understand…and when they do, they sort of become superhero’s.
The plot is a definite nod to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series but, not incredibly overt. With King, I always want to be in the ‘other’ world. Clines makes you love reality and want to fight for it, which is a bit of a twist. I realize now he didn’t even bother to glamorize reality either. Interesting. I’ll probably read this again, later. It’s my regular love fest: good versus evil plot, good character development, heavy imagery, horror, suspense, not everyone lives, plot twist. The personal epiphany was a bonus. #GoodBook Book 4 of 24. 😘 Original posted 2/25/2018