Wow, this was a powerful book. I'm not sure its listed as a Young Adult novel, but it struck me as such while I read it. I guess that's because the main character is a troubled kid being passed around foster homes. If it's not a Young Adult listing, I am totally happy about that too, because it provides a lot of good insight and revelation to the older reader. For the non-Indian, this book is educational about contemporary native life; for the Native American, it's likely educational too, but in different ways, such as how to interpret --or investigate--some situations and events in one's background. The book as a whole causes one to think long and hard about the impact we as humans have on one another, from within families to interculturally. How careless we can be, and how devastating the results. Likewise, how simple it is to just step back a little bit and let someone like Sherman Alexie teach us how to see honestly and with humor. So, why didn't I give it a 5 star rating? I just thought the end came together a little to nicely, almost as though the author had run out of umph. Some may disagree, and with that I would be fine.
The story for this was ok, but the narrator was very annoying. He had a laconic voice which could have passed for an alienated teen. He lost me when he mispronounced "cavalry" as "Calvary" literally hundreds of times in one passage. The story was intense and somewhat mystical, with a heart-warming (if unlikely) ending. The narrator ruined it for me, and I will avoid him in the future.
This was a decent listen, but nothing stellar. Having recently listened to Life of Pi (and having not read the description of Flight very closely), I was expecting Indian from India, but the protagonist is Native American - a fact that matters both too much and too little to the story.
Zits is an intriguing and complex character, but I found it hard to suspend my disbelief on a number of levels. First, despite his Indian dad disappearing at his birth and being raised by an Irish-American mother and then the foster system, he somehow has a deep connection to the Indian side of his heritage. Then, despite having no reason to trust anyone he trusts someone completely in the space of about 12 hours. And then he starts traveling through time, which leads to some great stories, but he knows an awful lot about history for any kid, never mind one who was out of school as much as in it.
In this book, the far-fetched part is not the time travel, it's the character of the protagonist. If you can get past that, it's an interesting coming-of-age story about Indian history, foster care, responsibility, and the thin lines between right and wrong and good and evil.