Title: The Crossing
Author: Jason Mott
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Page Count: 336
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Stay and die, or run and survive.
Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night.
Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way, Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world as they try to outrun the demons of their past.
With deft imagination and breathless prose, The Crossing is a riveting tale of loyalty, sacrifice and the burdens we carry with us into the darkness of the unknown.
The Crossing by Jason Mott is a dystopian read that is set in a world where disease has begun to slowly take over the world. It started with the elderly, those over 90 simply went to sleep and did not wake up again. But as time goes on the age that is effected by the sleeping sickness continues to drop lower and lower.
In the beginning no one worried about the disease thinking it was only taking those at the end of their lives anyway. But when it became apparent that sooner rather than later there would be no one left of child bearing age the world broke out in chaos. As war started the military began the draft yet again.
Seventeen year old twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have only had each other since they were children often running when the system would try to split them apart. Now Virginia wants nothing more than to make it to see the space launch to Europa that just might be the last hope for the world that is falling apart.
The Crossing wasn’t a bad read at all but it was one that for me had a lot of slowness to it that then has it a struggle to keep my attention. There is a lot of telling instead of doing in the book and one only needs so much world building without progress to a plot.
On the other hand after wading through the slowness there is an interesting story going on with the twins and their world. Virginia is one that never forgets a single detail at all so she’s certainly a unique character and other interesting characters are introduced along the journey. The idea of setting of to see the launch was an interesting one to center around while the characters grew and developed so in the end I’d say this was an ok read just a bit slow for my taste.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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About the author:
Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.
He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” The Returned is his first novel.
The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air in March, 2014 on the ABC network under the title “Resurrection.”