Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence


Reading Hammock’s Rating:
5 out of 5
Fiction Genre:
A Crack in the Line
Michael Lawrence
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Publication Date:
July, 2004
HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
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Author’s Synopsis:


Alaric's life has unraveled in the two years since he lost his mother in a terrible train crash. He and his father are barely speaking, and their home, Withern Rise, is in shambles.

A Girl

Naia tries not to dwell on the accident that nearly killed her mother two years ago, now that life with her parents at Withern Rise has returned to normal.

One and the Same

Alaric and Naia do not know each other, or that they are living nearly identical lives. But when they meet, their resemblance to each other is unmistakable. As their lives entwine, they uncover a truth that has the power to rearrange, or even erase, their very existence.

My review:

         This is the type of book that I can reread thousands of times and still never tire of.  As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  The beginning was slightly confusing because the author shifts between the two major characters and their respective realities.  However, my initial confusion soon turned into a deeper interest in the story and my discovery of its true originality.  At the end of the first book, I was glad to see that this is part of a trilogy.  The author cleverly continues this story and keeps the reader’s attention.  The world of Lawrence’s trilogy contains an everlasting number of realities, containing the same people with different fates.  This idea was brought to a whole new level in the sequels of this novel.  I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an interesting read. 

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