Friday, February 05, 2010

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home (Homelanders series) By Andrew Klavan

Let me start out by saying that I have received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review of the book.

When I got the book, I was worried about reading a book that was a second in a series without having read the first, however Mr. Klavan ties the books so well together that you immediately know what is going on and never feel like you've missed a thing.

The book starts out with Charlie West, who has been accused of belonging to a terrorist group, killing his friend, and has escaped from prison and is now trying to get back to his home town to clear his name.

In the process he is also trying to figure out who he can trust, who the "good guys" are and who the "bad guys" are.

This book is easy to read and fast paced. Because of the excitement that it generates it becomes very challenging to put down. My only complaint is with some of the conversations between Charlie and his friends from school who choose to help him. A lot of the conversations seem flat and not like anything my own 16yr old would say. But seeing how mostly Charlie works alone it was pretty insignificant.

Having a teenager, I appreciated the interaction with Charlie and the adults that he encounters, especially his Karate teacher and his history teacher. I think all kids at some point wonder about who the "good guys" are and encounter someone who challenges what they know is right. I also think that it is good for kids to have someone other than their parents that they can go to to help them wade through how to figure out who is good, who is bad, and how to verbally express it. While Charlie may be on the run, he is never truly alone. I applaud Mr. Klavan for showing that side of life.

This book is labeled "Young Adult" but I really feel that any age, male or female will enjoy this book. I can't wait for Book Three.

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