- File Size: 3378 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548872911
- Publication Date: July 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073RY8DBG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The cover displays the puzzling bright purple beacon that Vanessa saw hovering over a forest in all its glory. This book deals with how that purple beacon brings Vanessa to a greater understanding of her paranormal gift. Vanessa is very introspective. Her thought processes are unusual, but they help her to function in the neurotypical world. Unglebower’s portrayal of Vanessa is the greatest strength of The Beacons I See. Since the author is autistic, readers may wonder how much of his own personality was distilled into his creation. For the purpose of this review, I think it’s sufficient to say that Vanessa seemed very real to me. She reminded me very much of other functioning autistic adults that I know.
From a plot perspective, this novel may seem slow paced to readers who expect to see a great deal happening in the novels they read. This is definitely not a thriller. There is eventually a highly dramatic incident that brings about a resolution, but Unglebower is in no hurry to get us there. Vanessa is on a journey and she stops to reflect on every step she takes along her path. If you have no patience for such a novel of character, then this is not the book for you.
The editing wasn’t flawless. I found nine copyediting issues which included missing words, incorrect words and a duplication of words in one particular case. This wasn’t beyond tolerance, but the editing could have been better.
I would like to close with a note about genre. Some might want to categorize this book as contemporary fiction with a magical realist aspect. I feel that the development of the context for Vanessa’s paranormal heritage was significant enough that I feel comfortable calling The Beacons I See a rather special fantasy novel that allows us to perceive a unique viewpoint.
The pace of this book is slow at first but the pace gradually picks up after you get through 1/3 of the book. I like that the author writes from Vanessa's point of view that made it much easier for the reader to understand her. Other than that, the reader also could see how a person with autism lives her life. I like that the author depicts Vanessa almost as normal as everyone else, the society could really use a book like this to change their perception of seeing autism as a disability.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who in need of a light-read-kind-of-book. It is perfect. This book is short, strong, easy to understand and delivers a very important message to the readers.