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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

This is a paranormal story that straddles many worlds.  The worlds of magic, supernatural or religion could be what's behind the strange happenings around this little town.  As events unfold,  people around the world seem to have their own explanation for what has happened.   At the center of it all, a young girl barely into her teens, has the eyes and hopes of the world on her.

As a story, overall, it's not too bad.  It's evenly paced in that it gives the reader a bit of breathing room between the larger scenes.   It makes use of some very familiar tropes in the relationships between fathers and daughters or sons and also with long time friendships.  These are well written enough to where one may not notice them right away.  The overall arc of the story is a bit more unique and brings up some real interesting questions.  Not the least of which is: what is our obligation to those around us and how much should each of us be required to sacrifice for others.  Just because somebody can do a thing to help others, does that mean they must do that thing.  If nothing else, this book could certainly start a lively discussion on such matters.

The characters are well developed.  The people in this book were complete enough that I was able to feel great empathy not only for Ava but for her friend Wash as well their families.  There's a case to be made that Ava and Wash are a little too good to be true.  They are young and live in a small town so, a little naiveté is to be expected.

The Wonder of All Things is more than just a story about a girl with hidden abilities.  It is also a story about love, family, redemption and sacrifice.  It is a very entertaining read and a nice addition to libraries of those who like paranormal stories mixed with a some philosophical underpinnings.  There are some brief PG13 moments but, for the most part it's a good Young Adult book.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. First time I read about this book, it sounds interesting. I'm sure people will try to make Ava heal people, even if it means her death. I'll add it to my Wishlist, thanks!

  2. I'd definitely take a look at this one. Though, if I'm being honest, I wouldn't read this with a book club. Discussion with this surely would lead to a debate. So, no go on that. Adding to my wishlist :-)

  3. I'm with you, Lekeisha. Half way into this book I was a little concerned that might happen with the comments here. This story is great as a thought experiment if only people wouldn't take it too far or too personally.