Monday, 17 June 2013
Arthur J. Gonzalez’s ‘The Photo Traveler’
|My signed copy!
|As some of you may have seen on my Twitter, a few months ago I entered a competition, and was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Arthur J. Gonzalez‘s debut novel, ‘The Photo Traveler‘. Admittedly, as excited as I was, I was also a little skeptical. I will confess that I really am not much of a fan when it comes to novels based around science fiction, fantasy, or simply anything that isn’t believable. So, as you can imagine, I didn’t have any particular expectations with this novel. Oh, how Gonzalez has changed my perceptions!The novel is written from the perspective of a teenager, Gavin, who undergoes plenty of turmoil in his short life, losing and gaining family members, coping with domestic abuse and heartbreak. Due to the young narrator, the novel is marketed towards young adults. However, besides trying to put yourself into younger shoes and keep up with the lingo, I would recommend this book to anyone. Gonzalez’s writing keeps the reader interested, yet at the same time is easy to understand, and even those who do not read often would struggle to not turn the pages of this novel.
Without giving too much away, the ideas behind the novel, of the photo travelling, feel fresh and up to date, and not as though they have been recycled, which is becoming rarer within a novel. The novel did not become confused with jargon and ideas of the science world, maintaining the easy reading. The characters were also easy to connect with, and definitely provoked a lot of emotion for me!
Gonzalez is currently writing the sequel to ‘The Photo Traveler’, and as it ends on a cliffhanger (so frustrating!) I am really looking forward to buying his second novel and finding out what happens. I can’t wait!