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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Adam wants nothing more than to be a “normal” teen, but his reality is quickly leaking normal. Afraid to sleep because of the monster that stalks his dreams, Adam’s breakdown at school in front of his crush Sarah lands him in the hospital.
As he struggles to cope with his day-to-day life, Adam can only vaguely comprehend some sort of future. His mother died when he was only four and his eccentric father–who might be an assassin, a voodoo god, the reincarnation of the Buddha, or something even stranger–is never available when Adam really needs him. Even his paranoid grandfather, who insists that people are “out to kill the entire family,” is no help.
Adam’s life takes an even weirder turn when a fat man with a gold tooth and a medallion confronts his father regarding Adam’s supposed “True Destiny.” Adam is soon headed toward a collision with life, death, and the entities charged with shepherding souls of the newly dead, all competing to control lucrative territories where some nightmares are real and psychopomps of ancient legends walk the streets of North America.
I had a blast following Adam along on his (crazy) adventures. And it was funny! I wasn’t expecting the humor to be so prevalent throughout the story, but it was a fantastic surprise. (Be forewarned, though, that some of the comments are mature.) I’m not going to say too much about the story because there are things the synopsis doesn’t tell you and you don’t find out about them right away. In fact, Adam doesn’t know these things, either. So you learn about them when he does. And it was a brilliant way to hold the reader’s attention.
The story is centered around a dark fantastical concept, but I loved it. And I love even more the fact that I had no idea what to expect when I started reading. Everything about this book kept me engaged, and I’m so glad I read it. Now I’m going to sit here impatiently waiting for another installment. Because I want more of this world!
Book stats: Paperback, 320 pages, Black Sheep, October 3, 2017