Narrator: Phil Mayes
on 3 August 2015
Length: 21 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
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What is difference? Is it in how we speak, how we look, or how we see the world? Is it the color of our eyes, the swing of our walk, or the very essence of our minds? Whatever it is, maybe we should embrace it rather than wanting to run away or kill it. Next time there is difference think, what about me? How do they see me? Do I care? Should I care? What, in the end, do we need but love and acceptance? Regardless of change.
Cover design: Julie Elizabeth Powell
©2014 Julie Elizabeth Aldridge (P)2015 Julie Elizabeth Aldridge
Thomas has always been odd. But then one day when he was nearly 7 years old something mysterious happens. He doesn’t recall how he ended up in that forest. Things became odder afterwards, like all of Thomas’s hair falling out. Thomas keeps his secret of that night, what little he can remember. Meanwhile, Chris is also odd, her red hair going grey way too early and her long arms that folks can’t help but notice. As with Thomas, this oddness came over her all at once just before her 7th birthday. She has vague memories of that strange night in the woods. Then there is Zach, who recalls seeing the other two in the woods that night. Now, 50 years later, the Event is nearly upon them, something that could affect all of Earth.
This was an interesting little bit of fiction. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Based on the description of the book, I expected the story to have some underlying moral bits about accepting folks no matter what they look like. However, this is more like the beginning of a good scifi story. I was drawn in by these kids, wanting to know what happened that night in the woods. There’s plenty of little hints that whatever it was, it was otherworldly.
As the tale moves forward, we do see that the physical differences in Thomas and Chris make them feel like outsiders. Yet there are just a few references to how the world treats them because of these differences. The main focus of the story is the mystery of that night in the woods and how it still affects them 50 years later. I liked this because I really wanted to know what was coming and how these three people were the focus of it. I was fully engaged in the story, holding my breath to see how it turned out.
And then the story ended. I never got my answers. I was left to ponder and wonder with only these tiny little bits to puzzle over. Strange lights; sudden physical changes in two children; a third child who knows deep inside that he must accomplish something monumental. Basically, this is a really good start to something bigger and I just wish the ‘something bigger’ was out there for me to enjoy. As it stands, it left me with too many questions unanswered.
Narration: Phil Mayes did a good job with this story. The kids had few lines, the bulk of the story being told by an outsider looking in. He did those few kid lines well. I liked his pacing, especially when the mysterious bits came up. He had a great way of just slightly stretching certain phrases, adding to the suspense of the book. There were no issues with production.
This review originally was posted on Dab of Darkness