Ayden's Choice. (Nele Vonlanthen) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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- Publisher : Felixideas GmbH; 1st edition (October 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 230 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3952471607
- ISBN-13 : 978-3952471609
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.52 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,976,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TL;DR? Light read with heavy subjects, good story.
WARNING: This book deals with the topic of domestic abuse. It does not glorify it, nor does it allow it to be sunshine and lollipops in the end. The realism written about in this book astounds me and makes me appreciate the author for writing it in truth with no Hollywood-type embellishments.
Ayden is a brave soul who has suffered through so much. When his gift for quick thinking under stress and manipulating digital media is identified, Ayden is asked to give up everything in exchange for getting him out of his domestic situation. His only concern is his mother, who would suffer greatly at the hands of his father should he leave. In a whirlwind 48 hours, Ayden's second-guessing his choices put more than himself in danger, and the voice on the other end of the phone must save them all.
This is the first in a series of books, and I am excited to read the next. While this was Ayden's story, it is obvious that the foundational character, Nele, is the real protagonist of the series, which is another reason why I can't wait for the next book. I want to hear Nele's story, find out who Ayden's mentor is, and see where Ayden goes from here. So, Sam Felix, when will the next one be out?
This book screamed 'danger' from the moment I picked it up and, as I put it down some hours later, I felt shell-shocked, and a little distressed. Make no mistake, this is not an easy read. I mean, when is a novel about domestic violence ever going to be a comfortable, easy read? But this is made all the more awful by the involvement of a police officer, and the framing of two innocents. It really is a novel that, in my opinion, toes the line between being young adult fiction and adult fiction; between being too much and just enough.
Sam Felix, author of Ayden's Choice, doesn't shy away from giving the, at times, gruesome details of the violent attack Lora, Ayden's mother, suffers at the hands of her husband, Frank, when Ayden doesn't return home one night. And it doesn't make for comfortable reading. But it inspires in you that same feeling I imagine Ayden had upon learning of the attack; the feeling of wanting retribution, of wanting the right person to pay for this. As Ayden, and the unknown group who pulled him out of the abusive family situation in the first place, work hard to uncover the violent police officer for who he really is, you are left egging them on, eager for justice to be done.
As the chapters alternate between Lora and Ayden, the story moves along at quite a quick pace. And with every chapter ending on a cliffhanger, it's hard to put this down for the night! The beautiful black and white illustrations, scattered throughout the paperback book, really help bring the story to life; giving us images of the characters we encounter throughout. The decision to illustrate Ayden's mother, lying in her hospital bed and covered from head to toe in bandages, could not have been an easy one, but it is Lora that really drives the whole story; Lora, and Ayden's love for her.
Ayden's Choice isn't a book I'd have picked for myself, but I've learnt from this that sometimes I need to step outside of my comfort zone. 'Cos amazing things can happen when you do. I went into Ayden's Choice with no expectations, and I came out reeling. I felt like I'd been through the emotional wringer with this book, but I enjoyed reading every page. I loved joining Ayden on his journey out of an awful situation, and I'm crossing all of my fingers and toes for a sequel! Now, if that isn't the sign of a good book, I don't know what is!
Top reviews from other countries
There might be some small hickups in the book, but the story is so gripping that you don't even notice them.
So keep writing! I want to see more of Nele's world!
It is both sensitive and full of actions. I was really pleased to discover a new author.
Hope to read more books of the same kind.