I love doing author spotlights! Especially for lesser known authors, and ones whose books really spoke to me. This one The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck was a book that really had me out of my comfort zone, and it really made me think. That’s why I am excited to show you guys this book, and to do a giveaway. This book is by no means in any specific genre, it spans many fields of interest. science fiction, contemporary fiction, religion, and it’s also the first book in a series. Well, I hope you guys check it out and enter the giveaway!
“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.
Michael Alan Peck won the Illinois Library Association’s 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Contest for his contemporary fantasy novel The Journeyman (The Commons Series, Book 1). The Journeyman is recommended for fans of fantasy and magical realism, both teens and adults.
In The Journeyman, three unlikely heroes board a doomed bus. Destination: the afterlife. Their mission: to save forever. But first they have to save themselves.
When I first started reading this book, I felt like I was reading some type of slam poetry. It’s not in poetry form what so ever, but just the way it reads is really raw and emotion filled. We first meet Paul, who is leaving his job and looking for something different, but he won’t get very far because the bus that he is riding on wrecks and he dies on the street. Though, he doesn’t really die, he’s sent to The Commons (purgatory if you will) and he must decide whether he wants to go back to his life or go to Heaven. On his journey, he meets an eclectic cast of characters who really exceed expectations. All of them were really powerful, and strange in their own special way.
The character that I really loved was Zach. Zach is an autistic kid who has his own way of understanding the world, and communicating with himself as well as his mom. I won’t give too much away there, but he’s probably the most intriguing character that I found in this book.
I don’t want to give too much away with this book, just because there is so much crazy stuff going on in the Commons that you really have to read it to full grasp it.
Overall, for a first book in a series this was definitely something that kept my interest, and even though it’s well over 500 pages- it was easy to read. The story flowed, and it was a real eye opener. I want to give this book 5 out of 5 stars, because not only did it make me think, it made me laugh, and it also brought me out of my genre comfort zone a little bit.
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