This is a Christian Dystopian story written for middle school age children or YA. I found The King’s Highway (Days of Dread) (Volume 1) to be an interesting read with a good mix of action and introspection.
My favorite character is Boggs, the dog. LOL At first I found it a bit disconcerting to read the dog’s thoughts but figured it out quickly. He is sent to guard them, catch food for them, and help them along their way.
Jackson, the main hero, does a good job of leading the group to safety. He learns to listen to those around him for advice, and yet stay strong in his decisions when he needs to. He is a 15 year old thrown into an adult position in which he is now responsible for younger children in a world gone crazy.
The other characters are well done also. McKenzie, Jackson’s 13 year old sister, is a great witness for the Lord and spiritual things. The youngest of the family, Cooper, is a trooper that follows what his oldest brother tells him to do. We don’t actually get to meet the parents in this story, but it is a tribute to them that the kids have the skills and knowledge they do and will work together to protect themselves and others. The kids do not turn selfish and greedy when faced with lack of the basic needs; they still endeavor to help others and not seek revenge.
The story shows how quickly the world can go crazy when there is no more normal. It also shows that God can provide, protect, and make a way no matter how bad things get.
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Here is some backcover copy:
With airplanes falling out of the sky and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash, skills instilled by Jackson’s Marine father move front and center. With a fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe, the high school freshman is compelled to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport. Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway in search of their grandparents. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will he ever find a safe place?
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published byCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. This book was sent to me through CelebrateLit for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.