Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
How far would you go to find yourself?
Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world.
What would you do if that secret were your very identity?
In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium.
But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems…
Stephen H. Provost is a veteran editor, reporter and columnists with more than 30 years of experience at daily newspapers in California. He’s currently the managing editor of The Cambrian on the Central Coast, as well as a columnist and assistant city editor for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.
As an author, he has written historical nonfiction (“Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street”), novels (“Memortality” and “Identity Break”), while also exploring the realms of mythology, fable and ancient history.
Rating: 4 stars
Date Read: 6/20/18
Okay, so this book started off so ordinary – Jason is playing a football game, Elyse is watching the game and drawing, and both are planning to go to a party that night. Just your average high school experience. Then Jason gets abducted and something is done to his brain, while Elyse goes to the party and has something happen to hers. Neither has any idea what happened to them, but both know something is very wrong.
Jason begins experiencing things that aren’t happening and aren’t lining up with reality as he knows it. Elyse begins remembering things that should have been impossible to forget. The same person seems to be responsible for these – Elyse’s mother. The two escape her and begin leaning things about themselves and their world that they would never have believed possible.
This book was very easy to get into. Jason and Elyse were both very likable characters, in really different ways. Jason is incredibly intelligent, and he uses that intelligence to not only get straight As, but also improve upon other skills, such as playing football. And even though he is so good at just about everything, he isn’t obnoxious about it – you know the type. He is actually incredibly down to earth and practical. Elyse is significantly more average across the board, and probably significantly less social than average. She is a talented artist, though she doesn’t think very highly of her work. She honestly is such a relatable character for me, especially as I was back in high school.
The story was a little confusing once the action started happening, but I think that was intentional – from the characters’ POVs, these situations would have been pretty confusing. Everything did start making more sense as we learned more about, well, everything. I was actually really surprised by the ‘big reveal,’ which is always nice. The ending, however, I’m not loving so much. It was incredibly abrupt and open ended, and it does not look like there is a book two. I did enjoy the prequel that is included at the end, but it didn’t make up for the feeling that there was so much more story to go.