Wendy reviews ‘Falling Awake’ by Kristoffer Gair. Published May 8, 2018, 85 pages.
Imagine waking up in a place you can’t remember, with a face you don’t recognize, and a name that may not be your own printed on a ticket in your back pocket. And of the five people you meet during the next few hours, four of them hold clues to your past, present, and two possible futures. The outcome of the encounter will determine your soul’s fate, and the only way out of the nightmare may be through falling awake.
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I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover. I had no idea what the story was about. Not. A. Clue. But those two boys, holding hands and standing at that doorway, well, I just had to have it. The cover art was done by Kris Norris and the book was the first that I had read by this author. It won’t be the last.
I never did read the blurb, so I had no idea what the story was about and it was a great decision. I didn’t know if this was a mystery or a romance or a thriller and it took a bit before I realized that it was what I would call a metaphysical queer fic, suspense story.
I’m not going to go into great detail with this review. *If you don’t want any spoilers, then don’t read further than this paragraph.* But I will say that if you like metaphysical, queer fic stories with an element of suspense and danger, just read this book. I promise you won’t be sorry.
The characters are wonderfully written, I seriously love them! The story evolves at a steady pace and is seamless as it builds and progresses. It has sweet moments and had humorous ones as well as serious moments. It has some very spiritual tones, like inferring afterlife and reincarnation. There was a part of the book that broke my heart. I really did cry, but most of it had me cheering the characters on. It will stay with me for a long time. I’m all set to read the second book in the series, ‘Revenant: Falling Awake ll’, that can be purchased HERE, because I need more of this story in my life. It’s brilliantly written.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Author/Blogger Kristoffer Gair grew up in Fraiser, MI and is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He currently lives with his husband in a suburb of Detroit.