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- Print Length: 280 pages
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- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (July 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LLUGAP2
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Joey is a 15 year old genius about to graduate high school and move on to MIT. Picked on by his older brothers but looked upon extra foundly by his father. One day his father presents him with a rare, valuable gift. The next day, after suffering an especially brutal treatment from his older brothers, Joey awakens in a world very different than the one we are most used to. The world of dreams.
Here Joey is told he has special gifts and is taught to fight, change his shape and much more in this world. Yet when he wakes up, he is back in the "real" world. Joey learns fast, especially when he learns his best friend is there. Not to mention he wants to catch the eye of the lovely Cleopatra ('Daughter' of the dream ruler, Pharaoh). Yet this world may not be as wonderful as it seems. There are forces at work and they soon are found manifesting themselves in reality as the world food supply is being destroyed.
All sides seem to look to Joey as if he is a tipping point in the scales. Yet Joey does not know who to trust or even who everyone is. After all, looks can be deceiving! I like how we see snippets of puzzle pieces here that Joey just seems to totally miss. Especially about his own friend and family! A bit naive. Yet I like his character. I really like his best friend, Alex. Very loyal and caring. I soon came to the conclusion of Trust No One in this book. Well, except for Joey since we get the story from his point of view. So it hooks the reader and keeps them guessing!
While I do like Joeys character I never did see how he is oh so smart as to graduate early and go to MIT at only 15. Nothing about him seemed above average. Yes, he can grasp concept of the dream world quicker than others apparently but he also has a special "boost." I hope in the next book his intelligence shows a bit more.
Otherwise I really enjoyed this. There is a bit of romance, some fun fight scenes, lots of "familiar" faces, magic and a hint of mythology. A wonderful blend that I quickly latched onto and held on to the end. As soon as I finished this book, I jumped online to learn more about the next book. I am so impatient to read it!
Joseph Colafranceschi AKA "Joey Cola is a 15 year old genius about to graduate high school and move on to MIT. He is the second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy. His older stepbrothers tend to pick on him, but, His father he looked him very fondly.
It gets so bad that Joey is actually put in the hospital because of their antics.this day his father presents him with a rare, valuable gift, a small Egyptian statuette from pure gold decorated with colorful gems . He told him of his Italian great-grand father's trip to Egypt in 1912 to participate in an archeological dig.He also told him never to tell anyone about the it.
Joey's stepbrothers hurt Joey almost everyday. It is during one of the repercussions of a beating that Joey enters a dream world. The world of dreams.In this world he had been told that he has special gifts. They taught him to fight, change his shape and more.
The concept is that there are many who are normal people in real life but their avatars in To-She can take on disguises and have powers. You can't really knows who has a particular avatar in To-She. It could be anyone. When he wakes up, he is back in the "real" world. Joey learns fast, especially when he learns his best friend is there.
There is also a small love affair - he really wants to catch the eye of lovely Cleopatra ('Daughter' of the dream ruler, Pharaoh).
But this dream world may not be as wonderful as it seems. The line between reality and dreams begin to blur. When the dream world impacts reality and endangers his family.....Joey Cola must step up as their defender. There are forces at work that manifesting themselves in reality as the world food supply is being destroyed. All sides seem to look to Joey as if he is a tipping point in the scales and Joey don't know who to trust.
I liked Alex's Joey's best pal, a normal girl at his high school, which is a very powerful Dream Warrior Boudica (the Celt's warrior queen). She is kind and amiable. Her dress sense is unique and the author describes it well in many instances. Joey and Alex, are brainiacs and, therefore, are outcasts in school.
I liked the parallelism to the biblical Joseph. Both of them have 10 jealous older siblings (not from the same mother) Even, their names remind us the names of the biblical brothers. Simon, Remondo = Reuben Danilo = Dahn and ect, Even their characters seem alike. Simeon and Levi are known as the "twins" , even though they are a year apart, and portrayed as violent bullies.
Joseph's father Jacob love him most of all his sons was like Joey's father. Same like Joseph Joey has a smaller real siblings (Benito = Benjamin and Dianora = Dinah....) from the same mother that he love very much.
Joey gets a statue of many colors from his father, Joseph gets a coat of many colors from his father - both would be very valuable in their time. Joey is thrown into a sewer, and he enters the Egyptian town underground, Joseph discarded into a well and reach Egypt. The President of US meets Joey,same like the biblical Pharaoh; to discuss a dream. And both of them used the dream world to change their statues, and do something about "food shortage".
Any way it was funny how the author dressed this biblical story on a very very patriarchal Italian family (maybe he thought that this kind of family will fit to the same kind of family from old "Canaan").
Both of them couldn't clamp their mouth. when they had to tell their dream The dream about how their 10 brothers worship them - All nine brothers looked up to me—ten when you count Gabino, who finally came around and gazed at me through swollen eyelids. Ten brothers, worshiping the ground I stood on.
I really likes the "feeling" of the "backstage" like: the chasing in te streets of New York City— ...Maybe I’d lost them. It wasn’t like they were hard to put off the scent. All it’d take is some distraction. Heck, even the sound of the ice cream truck would probably be enough to make them forget today was “beat on Joseph day.”....A shadow streaked across the narrow band of blue sky above and in front of me. Maybe my brothers would break their weasely little necks with their parkour nonsense.
I took a quick right into another alley. Brightly colored shirts and underwear hung on ropes between the windows, fluttering in a warm summer breeze that somehow made its way down among the towering apartment buildings that filled this part of the Bronx. I almost laughed at a flowery bra that danced above me as I ran past. Some people had no problem airing even their most private laundry out for the whole world to see. That was not my family at all. We Colafranceschis would rather die than look anything less than perfect......"
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