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The Wonder of All Things Hardcover – September 30, 2014
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About the Author
Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Everyone was looking forward to the Fall Festival in Stone Temple, North Carolina. Pilot Matt Cooper, a local man whose claim to fame was that he joined a traveling air show troop, was going to be at the festival to wow the crowd with his flying. When the plane fell from the sky and crashed into the grain silo where the announcers had been seated everyone imagined the absolute worst~~that there would be many dead and many more injured. Only one person died that day and that was Matt Cooper.
One more person should have died that day and that was Ava Campbell's best friend: a boy named Wash. Ava and Wash were trapped under the rubble and Ava's father, Sheriff Macon Campbell, found the teenagers. Wash was badly injured and covered in blood. Ava was able to free herself enough to make it to Wash's side. In this age of YouTube and instant video access, what happened next would take the town of Stone Temple from near obscurity to overnight infamy.
No one can explain how Ava was able to heal Wash of his injuries they only know that she did. And now everyone wants something from young Ava. What no one, including Ava's own family, realizes is the toll that healing Wash has taken on Ava. There is a price to pay for that miracle and the cost of it is being paid by Ava.
The scientists and the clerics all want their time with Ava to find out how she did the healing.Read more ›
From there it all went downhill with too much sorrow, loss and travail and going really nowhere for me to remain gripped. I lost empathy for the characters after I lost count of the number of times they tell each other how sorry they are and apologize for nothing they caused or can control.
Could have been uplifting and inspiring. Instead I found myself annoyed at being able to predict the ending before I was halfway through. I wanted to be wrong, but wasn't. Sorry if this isn't a good review. I like the author's style and clearly he's talented.
When I requested an advanced reading copy of this through NetGalley a part of me worried that the publisher would consider my thoughts on Jason Mott’s last book, The Returned, and refuse me. Though popular and spawning a television show, that novel left me feeling disappointed. The biggest factors in that reaction were its ending, which I found bordering on cartoonish, and the dilution of its focus across too wide a range of stories/points of view. But aspects of The Returned still impressed me and I was more than willing to try another of Mott’s novels (or I wouldn’t have made the request). With The Wonder of All Things Mott avoids both of the above problems as I saw them and writes a touching story with compelling characters that flows sharply in readability and tone.
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I enjoyed the story but I did not like the ending. Just left you hanging. I wanted the happy ending.Published 23 days ago by Toni Garrison
I am looking forward to more books by Jason Mott. 'The Returned' was wonderful to read as well. There is a wonderful texture to these stories.Published 1 month ago by Shaunette Hayward
A highly enjoyable story about a child with the miraculous power of healing, that captured me from the first couple of sentences and was hard for me to put down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maria Regina Paiz
This is a story built around quite an original idea. It would have been easy for this story to become mired in impossibilities, but it did not. The story is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stuartsara
Jason Mott does a fabulous job in his follow up to "The Returned". He has a great way of reaching and expressing human emotion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Denson
Nice character development. Storyline is a little thin. I guessed the ending about halfway through. Still and enjoyable read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
'The Wonder of All Things' by Jason Mott is the first book I've read by this author. I deeply admire Mott's prose style and was engaged from the beginning of this tale. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Libby Chester
Originally posted on: http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com/2015/08/the-wonder-of-all-things-by-jason-mott-giveaway-uscanada. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages
The Wonder Of All Things by Jason Mott is one book all teens and adults need to read. The plot line caught my attention from the very first page. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cassidy