Chris Buckley and his mother, Tara Buckley, find themselves in Solitary, North Carolina, after a divorce. Tara had grown up in Solitary, and figured she could touch base with her brother, Robert Kinner, and get resettled there. They end up in Robert's abandoned cabin, his whereabouts unknown.
Chris begins Harrington County High as a Junior. The only Ã¢â¬Ëfriends' he meets are the three girls, Jocelyn, Poe (Goth Girl), and Rachel, a threesome with strange personalities! Throughout the story line, we live, through the eyes of Chris, his first five months of school and home life in a town of very peculiar, secretive, hostile people. A far cry from Libertyville, Chicago.
Although dubbed as a young adult novel, as an adult I could relate to it by reminiscing my high school years-trying to fit in, a first love, loneliness, etc., so I wouldn't limit it to young adult. It's just too good a read!
Travis Thrasher's Solitary begins and ends with an eerie, ethereal setting. It's an experience I've not encountered before. It piqued my curiosity from cover to cover, even to the shocking end! The many twists experienced in the storyline continued to elevate my interest. It's not for the faint-hearted or those terrified of the dark or night!
I found the book very well written, with characters that definitely align with the activities in an offbeat, secluded town and school, where outsiders are not welcome. The secrets held by the town at-large emulate into the school, making the characters feel terrified and unsafe everywhere. Who exactly is in charge? Is there a way to break through the secrets? If so, how? Does Chris have the knowledge or power to challenge the secrets?
I would like to have seen a little more emphasis on the truth setting people free. Would have made the book more complete. Maybe in a sequel?
This book was provided by Audra of The B & B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.
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Solitary by Travis Thrasher is intense. There's no other way to say it. I'm not sure if there's such a genre as Christian Suspense or Christian Horror, but I think this novel fits either.Chris and his mother move to Solitary to make a new start. Upon arriving, though, it's apparent that Chris's uncle has gone missing, strange things are going on at his school, and the girl of his dreams has some serious secrets.I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, but I literally could not put it down. I had to continually refrain from flipping to the end to find out what happened and what in the world was going on. Definitely a page-turner and will keep you hooked from beginning to end.I was a little disappointed with the spiritual aspects of the book. The book left me feeling a little ... hopeless.I received this book FREE from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Solitary by Travis Thrasher is the first in the Solitary Tales series. Chris Buckley's life has been turned upside down by his parents' divorce. Forced to leave his friends behind in his hometown of Chicago, he moves to Solitary, North Carolina with his mother where they live in the cabin his uncle disappeared from several months ago. In school and town, Chris is made to feel like an outsider when people glare at him and he is threatened by the school bullies. He thinks that he may have found a reason to enjoy his stay in Jocelyn Evans, but every time he gets hear her, someone threatens his life, and even she keeps pushing him away. As he explores the woods around his cabin, he stumbles upon frightening creatures, scary voices, and nothing that makes any sense at all. If only he can hold on to Jocelyn, he knows that somehow things will be all right. Thrasher just keeps getting better and better with his novels, and I think that's he's truly hit his stride with this haunting series. He takes every teenager's worst nightmare of moving to a new town and feeling ostracized and ramps it up dangerously. Chris is completely believable as the average American teen: disaffected, using music to define himself and his life, cocky, and searching for love. I couldn't put this book down once I started. It's fast-paced and heart-breaking, frightening and sweet, all in a perfect mixture for both young adults and their parents. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Awesome book. The view from the eyes of a teenage boy experiencing a new town and a new school with lots of strange things happening. I liked that the author told the story from the perspective of the boy only, he didn't include any of the thoughts of other characters. This made the mystery more intriguing and suspenseful because we didn't get to see any other angle. The story was fast-paced but didn't give any obvious hints as to what would happen. I liked that the ending was totally unexpected.
I'd been hearing good things about Travis Thrasher but this was the first one of his books I'd picked up. I wasn't sure what to make of it from the cover, which reminded me of either Shel Silverstein's (Where the Sidewalk Ends) or Jack Prelutsky's (Snopp on the Sidewalk) book of poems. Which may not be far off since those were highly imaginative poems for children.Thrasher is an excellent writer, able to take us back to those painfully awkward, lonely days of being an outsider in high school with just a few words. And his ability to create a sense of place and infuse it with meaning (or emptiness and evil in this case) is something rarely seen. His abilities in these areas reminded me of Stephen King.Let me tell you, Thrasher can write some heart-pounding scenes. And because of that, I'm not sure if it's exactly a YA book. I would be hesitant to give it to anyone under 14, maybe even 16, because of his ability to so elucidate the pervasiveness of evil. If you know your child is sensitive to these things then be wary. But any kid that loves Stephen King will love Travis Thrasher. The book takes you right up to the edge all the way to the end and leave you wanting more.