- File Size: 1043 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520899556
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XT5L5SL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I loved the quirky humour and self-deprecating attitude of Lot, the hapless protagonist. Lot is an average sixteen-year-old boy, so unremarkable that he tends to blend into the background. He has honed this invisibility for his own protection, and it is both his shield and his hair shirt. As he struggles to slide through his school life without becoming too much of a target for bullies and sadistic teachers alike, strange things start to happen which entail head-spinning, thunder, and Lot moving between worlds and arriving stark naked on top of his clothes.
The wicked humour is a rich flaky pastry wrapped around a meaty filling of human drama because the reason for Lot's peculiarly introverted character is a horrendous tragedy that has blighted his young life and threatens to ruin any hope of his leading a normal existence. This is a story about friendship, trust and unconditional loyalty; an exploration into the nature of courage, altruism and self-sacrifice.
Pacing is slow at first, because it takes time to establish the ordinariness of Lot's life. When his adventures begin, things get interesting very quickly, and the pace picks up. I loved the original voice, refreshing inventiveness, and delicious use of the language. The story is aimed at teens, but it was a delight for me as it reached unsuspected depths of emotional turmoil and human pathos. I loved the principal characters, the growing supporting cast, and Kaspar, the coolest grandad anyone could ever have. The ending is very open-ended, and it looks like Book 2 is in the works, which is very good news.
The YA story is great for any young adult reader. It's also an excellent book for older readers, with not only situations to remind us of our youth, but also some lessons we're never too old to learn.
If Lot has perfected anything during his short life span, it would be the art of invisibility. Nearing 16, our young protagonist is a bit of social outcast who lives a life of little to zero excitement with his grandfather. And he is completely okay with that.
But things for Lot are about to change. He is about to acquire a new friend, Ethan Longbow and discover a new ability. Lot can disappear, traveling to a magical island. The only problem is, he tends to leave his clothing behind.
There is something remarkable happening within The Lot of a Nobody. We are handed an endearing and very relatable young protagonist who promptly latches onto the reader’s heart and establishes a welcomed place within. Lot is loner, a young man with no real direction and has been dealt a hand in life that many would consider less than favorable. Yet he perseveres, always seeing things for what they are and with little to no complaints. He is simply a good and grateful young man.
Ethan quickly becomes Lot’s new sidekick and adds a very welcomed dose of solid humor to the story. Full of one liners and constant input, I often found myself giggling as I followed the boys on their mishaps. The two characters complement one another beautifully, creating a lasting friendship that is lighthearted and touching.
The world development occurs at a slow and steady pace as Lot is left to his own devices to uncover a new part of the island each time he is whisked away. There is an abundance of magic, humor and exploration to be appreciated. Accompanied by outstanding character dialogue and lively and inviting narration, The Lot of a Nobody deliveries a story that not only fully engages and entertains the reader but delivers important messages within. This is an adventure that looks deeply at friendship, self growth, and personal fears. A recommended read for all.