Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Son of Rage and Love by Thomas Raymond

Image from Amazon.com

Blurb from Amazon.com:
12 Year-old Daniel used to run, jump, and climb on everything in sight. He played, laughed, made all kinds of noise, took things apart, and built new stuff from the pieces. Unfortunately for him, such acts of nonconformity can make inconvenient ripples on the smooth surface of wealthy suburban bliss. Years ago, Daniel was judged to have ADHD, and soon, "Pills fixed all that. They quiet most of my imagination, and the video swallows up whatever’s left."

Nowadays, Daniel just wants a little adventure, a bit of unscripted life to clear up the fog of his mundane existence. Every aspect of his life is under strict control of a narcissistic Grandmother, and the minions she hires to run the house. Disillusioned with the "remoras" who worship his mother's money and fame, and certain his older sister is becoming one of them, Daniel has all but given up hope. "I've learned not to fuss . . . A fuss is a big mistake. . . . At least I am smart enough to just take the pill and wait for the fog to roll in." But years of heavy medication coupled with long escapes into video games have turned his world to grey, blurring his perception of reality versus fantasy.

When Daniel's mother adopts a 13 year-old, free-spirited orphan, the two boys become immediate friends and allies. The absolute authority of Grandmother is finally challenged. The ensuing struggle at once gives Daniel hope, but also threatens his sanity.

The Son of Rage and Love is the intense, at times disturbing story of one boy's quest to reclaim his own mind. In a place and time where the appearance of the perfect life is more important than freedom itself, where strong will and disruptive ideas are quickly medicated into quiet indifference, Daniel and his new brother try against the odds to sever the puppet strings for good.

Thomas Raymond had asked me to read and review his book.  I had agreed as it seemed quite interesting.  Raymond had sent me a hard copy, and even signed it.  Which is I thought was very nice of him to do!  

It is a short book and moves at a quick pace.  It is told from Daniel's perspective, which I found to be quite entertaining.  He has a very active imagination, but that seems to help him deal with his life.  There are a few twists that you find out when reading the book, which helps to shape the rest of the book.

Grandmother is someone that I didn't like, shows how much a person can change when money is involved.  I didn't like her from the start and as the storyline goes on she only irritates me more!  She also is big with using the guilt card with everyone, no matter who it is!  (which I have mentioned several times to have a character that you are made not to like is a good thing!)

I have to say my only issue is that the book's ending seemed a bit too quick and rushed.  However with what was happening it could have been the way I was reading it.  Otherwise it was a very enjoyable book!

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