I love stories that have to do with time travel and crazy plotlines, so when I got the chance to take a peek at the new book, Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse, I jumped at the chance. The story is a middle grade/YA book that tells five stories of five teens in five different time periods. Each teen faces a pivotal point where they much choose: live the life they have or opt for something else. Ultimately, each of the teens–Dylan, Brixney, Epony, Reef, and Quinn–face an intense, unique, impossible, and exciting challenge to save their world. Think ‘choose your own adventure’, only with dire consequences. Basically, each teen lives in a world that is destroying itself, and they must decide if an alternate world will be their salvation or their utter destruction.
You guys, this book is rad. It’s a quick read and loads of fun, but a bit of a mind trip–in a good way. It’s been called a mix of Donnie Darko and Cloud Atlas (seriously!), and is perfect for anyone who loves a book with unique and mind-bending storytelling. So basically, if you’re a fan of this blog, chances are pretty solid that you’ll get a kick out of reading Peevyhouse’s book.
Today I’m taking part in the Where Futures End blog tour, and I get to introduce you to one of the teens, Dylan, in a brief novella. Take a peek, and get to know Dylan:
Novella feature #1: When We Asked The Impossible (Dylan)
“You will find the Other Place when you look for what is lost.” –page 94
After a series of strange occurrences, Dylan remembers the magical land he visited as a child, a place you can only find when you “look for what is lost.” Was it Narnia? Wonderland? Some fairy realm? Or was it all in his imagination, the result of reading hordes of fantasy novels as a kid?
I loved the Narnia books when I was young, but as I got older I became troubled by what happens to the Pevensie children at the end of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: they come back to the real world after having spent years and years in a magical land. I decided to explore the effect that would have on a character with Where Futures End, in which Dylan thinks he visited another realm as a child.
Now Dylan’s living in Seattle and has recently gotten kicked out of his private school for cheating on a final exam. He’s withering in the shadow of his taller, cooler, older brother, star of the basketball team. The only thing Dylan has going for him is his “vorpal,” a supernatural ability to control what he and others see and hear. He used to be able to use this power to see the lovely land he calls the Other Place. But now he only manages to use it to make people think he’s his older brother so he can enjoy the privileges of being the golden child.
…Or maybe that’s all in his head. Does Dylan really have a vorpal? Only his brother can answer that question—only he can tell Dylan whether they both went to the Other Place when they were kids. But a deep rivalry between the brothers complicates everything. And the rivalry only gets worse when Dylan falls for the president of the science fiction film club and the only person who understands him—his brother’s girlfriend.
What Dylan ultimately discovers about the Other Place will set the stage for the other sections of Where Futures End? What do you think of Where Futures End? Luckily, you don’t have to wait too long to check this book out. Where Futures End hits stores February 9. Head to her website where you can order yourself a copy–even a signed copy!–at your favorite bookseller, and follow Parker Peevyhouse on Twitter!