Okay, I’ll be perfectly honest here. I only knew one thing about the first book in the Solitary Series when I picked it up… It was free. One of my Facebook friends announced this limited time free offer of a book called Solitary. I didn’t know it was a Young Adult novel and had I known that I would have passed it up. Don’t make that mistake. In the two weeks since I have read all three available books in the four book series. I know I’m not the target market for these books but what can I say, Travis Thrasher can write a story!
Solitary is not your typical feel good at the end Christian novel. As a matter of fact one of the things that really intrigued me was, I can usually read a book, especially a Christian book, and know how it will end. I wasn’t even close. As a matter of fact when I got to the end of this one, I had only one thought, “There better be a sequel.”
The story follows Chris Buckley a 16 year old who moved from the suburbs of Chicago to a place in the middle of nowhere called Solitary, NC. Solitary is a place with a dark secret. It’s a coming of age story in the midst of a thriller/horror plot. It moves about a million miles an hour through all three books (Solitary, Gravestone and Temptation) and it is not what you’re expecting.
I can’t give you much without giving things away. All I can say is these books are really tough to put down. This is not your typical Christian fiction. It asks a lot of hard questions, as the protagonist wrestles with what to believe.
This would be a great one to get into the hands of fans of Hunger Games or Twilight. Travis Thrasher knows how to tell a better story. I am really looking forward to the fourth book.