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Crossroads Paperback – June 24, 2017
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Exceptional worldbuilding and complex characters all combine in an action packed novel that pulls no punches. Paul Willis has given us a book that is both smart and honest. Two qualities that make this book truly unique.
Don't take my word for it...go read for yourself.
I've been following the author's blog, Project Blank Page since around the time he started it last winter. His posts are always amazing and either make me laugh or think (or both), so when he offered people a chance to read his book in exchange for reviews, I jumped at the chance. (And, on that note y'all should check out his blog - it's well worth reading.)
Plus, that cover is pretty great looking. Intriguing, right?
What I Thought about this Book:
This is one of the very first dystopian books I've ever read, and I've discovered that I wouldn't exactly be a good candidate for running for my life. (Spoiler: I wouldn't have survived past the fifth chapter if I was one of the characters in this book.)
Crossroads is packed full of action. There were lots of weapons and fights and explosions throughout the book. Plus, tons of scenes with words like "tactical" and "mobilization" and "blood" that I was nearly amused at myself for reading it, because this isn't my normal kind of read at all. At the same time though, the book wasn't morbid or too detailed, something for which I was very grateful. (There was never a time when I felt squeamish or uncomfortable while reading, so yay.) I'm sure that lots of girls would find this book to be right up their alley, but overall, I think guys would find this book more their style. (And, on that note: It was interesting reading from a guy's perspective.)
The main character was well-written, and even though I didn't relate to him, I did find his character arch to captivating. There is a significant change from who he was in the beginning of the book to who he was at the end, and it happened a logical and well-thought-out pace which I appreciated. His struggle was something that I've thought about in the past, and so that was one way where I could identify with him. Near the beginning of the book I really wondered what the outcome would be, and how his beliefs would morph over time. (I wasn't disappointed.)
At one point in the book the main character is trying to make a decision, and he asks a mentor of his if he believes differently from then on, would the sacrifices he made in the past be worthless. His mentor replied, "No bad path is good enough to stay on. No one wrong decision is worth hanging on to." It doesn't make as much sense out of context, but it was such a spot-on answer that I could have applauded it.
Despite all that I did like about the book, I sadly found it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. It was a great introduction to dystopian, but as I mentioned, it's not really my normal genre. I found everything a bit hard to follow, and there were times when the whole motivation behind the plot didn't make complete sense to me.
Strangely enough, even though I didn't agree with the main character's actions at the beginning part of the book, I had a lot of the same questions that he had. There were various things that the characters did that I don't think Christians should do, but to refrain from spoilers, I won't go into detail with that. ;)
Happily though, the book was clean, and although violent, it wasn't detailed.
I’m giving Crossroads three out of five stars. (As I mentioned, I'm probably not the correct audience for this book. If you do like dystopian, your rating would probably be a lot higher.)
*I received a free ARC of this book from the author. I was not obligated to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Well, when I started reading it, I found that this book pulled me in and really captured my attention. I found it hard to put it down! The plot was exciting, and I really enjoyed the world that Paul Willis created. It was also really thought provoking. I didn't want to put the book down, but I did occasionally pause to consider what was happening, and the moral questions that this book brought up.
The characters were pretty interesting. The book wasn't very long, so there wasn't a much time for character development. Jack had a lot of great character development, but I wasn't a big fan of him (especially in the beginning). The side characters were all pretty interesting, but I didn't feel super connected to any of them. I think that was the only downside for me.
A while back, I decided to start reading all of the "boring stuff" in books in addition to the story part, like the dedication, acknowledgements, etc. I'm so glad I did that with this book, because I got a good laugh out of the acknowledgements.
Overall, this book had an interesting message, an exciting plot, and great worldbuilding! I would definitely recommend this book to those who like Christian dystopian and thought-provoking books.
The book is filled with realistic and relatable characters, and I enjoyed experiencing each character’s development as the story unfolded. The solid plot contained many twists and turns, making the ending unpredictable. I appreciate Paul Willis’s writing style and look forward to his next book.
Crossroads took me on an emotional journey that I won’t soon forget. It’s a book I’ll definitely read again.