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Paperback Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978-0989680066
  • 258 pages
  • $12.99
e-book Details
  • 978-0989680066
  • 258 pages
  • $7.99
Misadventure
Hans Landvik, Author
Those capable of thought have been known to overdo it. Depression, drugs, and a splintering family drive George Barham, a high school senior, to throw himself in front of a bus. Hector Cunningham, seventy-three, only just saves him and is furious with George for nearly ruining a bus driver’s life. However, Hector was coincidentally on his way to steal an airplane and kill himself, albeit in a more “responsible” manner. Together the two embark on a series of very accidental adventures across the Americas in search of an end to their lives, only to find death more elusive than previously imagined. George and Hector soon discover friendship and family in the unlikeliest of places and come to see that many of the beautiful and terrible things in the world did not become so overnight.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The plot of an older and younger man traveling together to find a respectful way to commit suicide is certainly unique, and surprisingly intriguing. The story's foundation is strong and allows these memorable and dynamic characters to engage the reader.

Prose: The prose is well executed and provides the appropriate pacing for the different situations at hand. The author offers readers vibrant, vivid descriptions of locations, events, and people to paint a darkly humorous story. 

Originality: This novel's strength lies in the original storyline and plot. Two men, one young and one old, are thrown together by fate or accident, both seeking the most "ideal" way to end their lives. The quirky, unique plot will spark curiosity in readers and help them connect to the characters, who are flawed but likable.

Character Development: The characters in this book provide real appeal and relatability, as well as transformation and strength as they learn more about each other and themselves. They have strong voices and make memorable statements throughout the book.

Date Submitted: August 31, 2018

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978-0989680066
  • 258 pages
  • $12.99
e-book Details
  • 978-0989680066
  • 258 pages
  • $7.99

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