The Long Way Home
by Andrew Klavan
Thomas Nelson Publisher, Nashville, Tennessee (2010)
Charlie West is accused of his best friend's murder. Charlie's ordinary life as a high school student changes completely when terrorists (The Homelander) and police try to kill or arrest him. In this second book of The Homelanders' series, Klavan tells the story of Charlie's back home to find who is the murder and who's hiding behind the terroristic organization The Homelanders.
Klavan uses the first person (the main character Charlie) telling the story, so he manages to create a suspensful novel, and page after page you are clinged at the words. Apart from this appearance of gripping book, in my opinion it lacks of substance: for instance, the first 90 pages describe Charlie's escape from the library and the police trying to catch him; my feelings are of something missing.
The message of this book is 'how beautiful is the ordinary life!'; Charlie's words: 'when nobody cares how your day was or how you slept or how you miss it, I can tell you. You miss it a lot.' p. 150-1
Teenager looking for an escape from daily life (school, parents, textbook, etc.), could learn from this book the benefits of this way of life.
I recommend this book to all teenagers and also to who's studying English as second language (since the book's language is easy).
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher as part of their Booksneeze.com book review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255.