Saturday, March 7, 2015

#Review and #Giveaway: The Commons: Book1: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck #UrbanFantasy #adultbooks #YA

"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.
Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever.

But first they have to save themselves. 

My review:

When I first started reading the book, it seemed weird and confusing. How did anything connect to anything? I think what really kept me going is I wanted to know. I just had to know what this mesh-posh full of people had to do with one another.  This book hosted characters who are not necessarily who they appear to be but are also fiercely loyal. The weirdness of a few of the characters was even made believable in accordance to how they acted.

Just what was this weird world actually . The summary tells but I generally do not read summaries before I read a book. I was soon to know and know well that the characters were stuck there and had to get out. Could they? Did they? Ah, but you must read the book to know.

This is one of those books that once I was finished, I thought long and hard about what just happened.
I was so immersed in this book that I felt like I had taken the long journey with the characters themselves, gripping on to a sheer hope for humanity or if nothing else, a merciful end. Once I was done, I had to just breathe.

I applaud this author for such a well written and incredibly intricate book. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The reviews expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours.
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  1. Sounds like a pretty good book there my friend. You've done a great review here... I think I just may enter this one... oh what the heck... why not right. It's intriguing enough to catch my eye... is he a ghost???? hmmm okay I'm entering. hehehe

  2. Hi there!

    I just stopped by to check out your blog. I've signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month...;~)

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
    coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)

  3. I would like to go visiting any place with antiques... or a very old home or even caves.


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