There's still plenty of time to enter the giveaway. All you have to do is follow Feeding My Book Addiction and leave a comment on the Author Interview with Jason Letts and a Giveaway! blog post before midnight on Wednesday, March 2nd! Good luck!
Inevitable by Jason Letts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author Jason Letts breaks away from his young adult fantasy series, Powerless, to bring us the Inevitable Trilogy. Book One, appropriately called “Inevitable,” introduces readers to 18 year old Nathan Wheeler. He is an all around good guy who love and loyalty to those he loves brings him to the attention of a supernatural spirit who roams the universe knowing the future and who has the ability to bend fate.
Two weeks into Nathan’s freshman year of college, his mother passes away from Huntington’s Disease. He quits school and returns home to care for his 14 year old sister Cammie and his grandmother Gladys. He finds a full-time job in a cement factory to support his family. He shoulders the emotional burden of his mother’s death, the responsibility for caring for sister and grandmother, plus the financial strain of not making enough money to pay the bills without complaint. He even takes on overtime shifts to help make ends meet, but even these extra shifts are not enough and the Wheeler family soon falls behind on their mortgage payments.
On one overtime shift, exactly one year to the date of his mother’s passing, Nathan and his co-workers are working to install a new roof over the factory. One of the crane operators has been sneaking gulps of alcohol while working and makes a fatal error while carrying a large iron slab of the roof, taking down part of the roof and the silo with it. As workers scramble out of the factory, Nathan realizes that he can use the forklift he’s operating to prop up the silo long enough for everyone to get out. The downside to this idea is that it will kill him; however, Nathan knows that if he dies on the job, his sister will receive a million dollar death benefit, which would be the end of their money problems and ensure that she can afford to follow her dream of going to medical school. Without hesitating, Nathan drives as fast as he can toward the silo, propping it up long enough to save all of his co-workers’ lives, before finally sacrificing his own when the silo crashes down.
This selfless act moves a supernatural spirit so much that she decides to go back in time to make the last year of Nathan Wheeler’s life better. She takes a human form, very similar to Nathan’s idea of the perfect girl, calls herself Apoxy because it was the first word she saw after Nathan asked her name, and soon turns Nathan Wheeler’s life upside down.
What ensues is a race against time and against the future as Apoxy’s plan to make Nathan’s life better spirals out of control. They fall in love. But is love enough to help Apoxy thwart the future and keep Nathan alive?
I guess you will have to read the book to find out.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The idea of a supernatural spirit controlling the universe and being so moved by a person’s actions that she steps in to make his life better made me drop everything I was doing and read this book. It was well worth the time and definitely lived up to my expectations in that regard. My only complaint about the book was that it was so short. The story moved along at a good pace, nothing was missing from the story, and it wrapped up at a good place considering it is book one of a three book series, but I still surprised at just how short it was. I just wanted more of the story.