Monday, 22 December 2014

Book Review -- The Kids from the River by Mark Cosman

The Kids from the RiverThe Kids from the River by Mark Cosman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book involves numerous dimensions, facets and characters, all revolving around some kids that begin their journies by playing by a river. Among the five kids, the story is pivoted around three - Amy Ramsey, Max Morgan and James. The readers gets a good glimpse into their characters right from when they are small children. James is the spoilt brat who takes comfort in hurting others, Amy is a bit delusioned about the right and the wrong, although has no malicious intentions, and Max is very righteous. As they grow up, the author weaves the threads of their lives into larger issues such political conspiracies, power, corruption and betrayal. Amy and James join Senator Mire's politicaly party - Amy because she is convinced there is some goodness there and James for the power. Amy's father, John Ramsey, the most feared rival of Mire, is struggling with his own inner demons and guilt. James implicates Max in a false crime, in revenge for stealing Amy's heart. Fate plays its game as usual and Max gets aquitted and James gets caught for a con activity he has been at, for long. John contracts a deadly virus and meets an agonisingly slow death. At John's funeral, as the kids from the river reunite, each is just a shadow from the past. Do Amy and Max get together? Does James realise his follies? Does the evil sustain itself? These are the questions that the book answers for us.

What starts as a promising plot gets lost somewhere mid-way with presumably what could have been a dilemma for the author - does one develop stronger and deeper characters, or does one develop a compelling storyline? The characters are remarkable, and I laud the author for having given insightful narratives for each of them. The pace of the book fits with the plot and the author's command over the language is brilliant.

I recommend this book to lovers of young-adult and coming-of-age themes.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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