Genre: Middle grade fiction, Thriller/Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5
It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?
These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!
Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before revealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.
Then you will have come closer to achieving …as it should.
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I have to admit, I am still confused about this book. I was confused when I started and confused when I ended it.
Unfortunately, I felt the book and the story line were unorganized and jumpy. Some parts were poorly written that caused me to re-read it several times, but at the same time – I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN. (Please note: I received an advanced copy of the book, but it has since gone through a final revision. I do not believe the “poorly written” had to do with spelling, grammar, etc. but more confusion on how it was written. This may be changed in the final revision.)
I kept trying to figure out the pieces I felt I was missing or that I couldn’t wrap my head around. I had to turn the page and keep reading and hoping that it would clear things up. I had to know what odd thing was going to happen next.
The teenage characters I felt were teenagers that teenagers would and could relate to. I am all about fantasy, but this fantasy seemed to be a bit beyond me, but it might be something that is right up a teenager’s alley (which is really who this book is intended for anyway.)
In the end, I am still uneasy about the story line, but would recommend you check it out for yourself and see how you feel!
About the Author
Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.
These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one’s personal best.
It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.