Book Title: Prophet’s Journey
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Publisher: Division Zero Press
Overall Rating: 2.25 out of 5 Stars
Prophet’s Journey tells the story of Althea, a young girl — no more than eleven years old that struggles to make sense of a chaotic world, filled with danger, villains, dystopian tribes, corporate machinery, and scavengers that either want her dead, or want to make use of her because of her powerful healing and psychic abilities. When she finally finds a home — a real home that is, Althea, aka The Prophet is forced to fight and struggle to hold on to everything she now treasures.
I really wanted and tried to like this book. I really did. The premise of it was so solid, and had so much potential in it. You could feel the passion of the story and the desire of the author to tell it in a way that gave it justice. Sadly, it did not deliver as I expected it to based on Matthew S. Cox’s previous work.
First, I do have to note that the story is written from the point of view of an eleven year old girl, so it does have a somewhat child-like point of view, which is to be expected. Althea’s thought process, narration, and actions were clumsy, emotional, and fraught with turmoil. I totally expected that, and the author’s ability to capture that pre-teen awkwardness was nice to see.
However, there were certain aspects of the writing, outside of the main character that were equally as clumsy, and in my mind unnecessary. For example, referring to things from our modern age using almost cliched terminology (an airplane was a “flying machine” or the written word being referred to as “frozen speech” or a subway train being referred to as “giant snakes named subs” that were friendly and allowed people to ride them and dug the underground tunnels.). The first few instances were novel hints at the previous world. The next dozen instances of such things — names that were clearly misunderstood or mistaken — just bogged down the story, which so clearly wanted to run.
If you have a young adult, teen ager or pre-teen that enjoys a dystopian adventure this may be a great choice to put on your to borrow list.
O Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — An excellent gift for someone you can’t stand
2 Stars — Put it on your to borrow list
3 Stars — Buy it if you get the chance — worth a weekend read
4 Stars — Definitely add it to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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