This is the worst day of Louis' life. Without warning or reason, the 13-year-old falls into a coma due to a virus of a mysterious, celestial origin. When he awakens three months later, the world that he once knew and loved is totally out of control. He will learn that his illness is connected to everything that is wrong, and that it's not only his responsibility but his destiny to set things right.
©2005, 2007 Troy CLE; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
My sons, who are 9 and 11, really loved this book. The story, about a boy who discovers that he has incredible powers that he must use to save the world from evil, is exactly the kind of story that appeals to kids this age.
For me, though, I found that the story was strangely written; with a number of places in the story where I thought the story was coming to the final climax, but it just continued on. Also, there was a strange sense of paranoia that permeated the story that I found rather disconcerting; as the story continued, it felt as if the author was beginning to believe in the reality of his fictional scenario, and to really believe that these evil characters were stalking our world.
I am not sure if I would choose to read/listen to this book again, but I am sure that my kids would love to hear it again.
I downloaded this title after watching the Tavis Smiley interview, as well as others. I am excited that this Genre, namely African American Fantasy, is now available to youngsters so they may expand their inner views and widen the scope of self perception. This will inevitably effect the sights they set for their futures. This book, as books go, is okay but I am not a youngster nor am I into fantasy. He tells a solid story and that is what counts. He speaks to this generation and that too is good, in my opinion. The author has a good command of literary devices, is a decent wordsmith and I think will go far. I commend him for his efforts and encourage people to do a search in google to see the wonderful interviews and comments about CLE. It's about expanding the black archetype to include characters beyond the negative stereotypes and this author has succeeded. On one of the interviews, I think you can find it on youtube, the interviewer mentioned that African Americans are buying more books than anyone else right now. Of course you will probably only hear it here or on a handful of sites. Kudos to CLE.
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