The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
Seven interwoven narratives span three tense hours on the morning of April 19. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling. In Delaware, April Donovan’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. In Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. In Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind.
Both the emotionally awkward mastermind of the shooting plot and those hiding from active shooters at their schools also share their perspectives in accounts that are poignant and realistic. The sheer number of narrators means that readers will need to pay close attention in order to understand how the various strands link together, but lovely writing, replete with literary references, will spur them on…A worthwhile, chilling novel that makes demands of its audience and rewards them richly in return.
In a psychologically taut novel structured in short vignettes that alternate among multiple viewpoints, Combs (Breakfast Served Anytime) delves into the thoughts of could-be killers and their prey to show unique frailties, as well as a common yearning for happiness…the narrative voices are genuine and moving. Unexpected moments of tenderness and salvation cast a shining light into the dark realities presented.
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