Heavenwood, by Ernest Yungsi

So, you’ve heard of the snowball effect, right? Where something insignificant creates a chain of events that just gradually gets bigger and bigger? Heavenwood was the embodiment of that in novel form.

Jack Mann’s trip to Heavenwood was just a wee bit unexpected. Now that he’s there, his life got a whole lot more complicated. When I say complicated, I mean day time soap opera complicated.

That will bring me to my first point: the drama. There’s always two sides to every story. Well, both sides are equally as important should be awkward moment arise that it needs to be talked about. Which they did. Often. Their stories got deeper the longer things went on. The level of progression it takes to unweave the truth as to why they’re in Heavenwood happens in small increments. A breadcrumb trail leading to something much larger.

Don’t be fooled, however. Drama is not necessarily the staple of this story. It’s a means to an end. Amidst all the conflict, several good messages came out of it. Love, forgiveness…things of that nature. It was done to the tune of modern religion. Everything was alright up until the discussion inevitably turned to sexual orientation. While I like how the conversation got there, I didn’t like the end of it.

Writing style suits the narrative well. Things start short and choppy to set the mood, and then gradually get longer. Not by a whole lot, though. The plot was constantly on the go and the style kept up with that. It created an atmosphere of urgency, which is then reflected by the reader.

The level of depth to the story reflects the level of depth of the characters, as well. The reader gets to know them little by little, and each new chapter opens up a whole new perspective on them. Perspective and not judging a book by its cover are also two heavy themes throughout. All the stories end up intertwined somehow, each character being equally as important as the next. They’re on the journey together, and the plot makes sure of that.

Reading other perspectives on the “life after death” subject is always interesting. No two visions are the same. It brought to life some very basic points that humanity seems to have forgotten. They’re weaved seamlessly, yet obviously, throughout the narrative. Overall it was a good read. Excellent setup from start to finish. Good execution. Very creative.

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