Reviewed by Marieke
TITLE: Falling Awake
AUTHOR: Kage Alan
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 84 pages
Imagine waking up in a place you can’t remember, with a face you don’t recognize, and a name that may not be your own printed on a ticket in your back pocket. And of the five people you meet during the next few hours, four of them hold clues to your past, present, and two possible futures. The outcome of the encounter will determine your soul’s fate, and the only way out of the nightmare may be through falling awake.
How to start? This was a pretty short novella, and I had no idea what to expect from the blurb. It’s vague, yet intriguing, and it fits the book perfectly.
It all starts in a strange place, that’s a lot like an airport. But it’s not. The main character doesn’t know his name, his age or even what he looks like. He has no idea where he’s going, or how he got there. When he wanders off, he ends up at a diner where he meets the persons who will determine his future.
The main character (who will remain nameless in this review like in the blurb) has to battle the biggest fight of all times––the one between good and evil. But it’s not done with actual physical fighting here. It’s way subtler, and that makes you want to keep reading. You don’t really get to find out that this whole story is about the struggle that the main character has to go through, until almost the end of the book. Of course some clues are given, and you figure out some stuff on your own. But when the main character finally realizes everything, and what has to happen now, it’s still done in a surprising way.
The only ‘negative’ things I can say about this book, is that the feelings of the main character aren’t really discussed much. It’s probably done for a reason, because it would give away too much, but I still missed his emotional journey. His thoughts are there, though, and that makes up for a lot.
Plus, the story is short. Of course it’s a novella, but the bit where you find out what, why and how, and what happens after that, is a tad rushed. I would’ve liked it better if there was a bit more on where they were walking, the people they saw and the bonding they did. A bit more conversation between the two characters you follow there.
The other characters are very likeable (except for the bad guys of course) and they feel just as important as the main character does. In the end, they turned out to be extremely important, so that was very well written.
The ending was so sweet and fulfilling, it made me smile widely (and though I’ll never admit it out loud, a bit wet eyed.)
I recommend this book to everyone who believes in more than what we can see and touch. To everyone who believes in the good of people and that you can learn from every experience you have during your life.
RATING: (more like 4.25)