Rating:  4.5  Bright and Shiny Stars out of 5

Book: The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

Published by: Dinuhos Arts on June 20, 2014

Genre(s): Fantasy, Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 385

Format: PDF

Source: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Summary from GoodReads 


“Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead.

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.

Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever.

But first they have to save themselves.

What a fantastic read. This is truly literary gold. Michael Alan Peck has stolen my heart through such an amazing and captivating story! And best of all- this is his debut novel!

I loved and felt attached to all the characters, something I have felt with very few of my reads. It truly amazes me the level of genius it must have taken to write this jaw dropping fantasy. I was strung along for the journey, cringing with every surprise, loving every heartfelt moment, and engaged with every word.

Peck takes us on an adventure, following Paul Reid and other heroines-to-become on their personal exploration in life after death.

The story is set in multiple POVs and I would have it no other way! Without it being so, I might have never read about Porter (an awesome envoy) and his longtime loneliness in his workplace.  Another reason the multiple POVs is interesting is because Peck found a way to draw every character together at one point or another and it was pleasing to watch the magic unfold through each characters’ eyes!

Though the original story itself is marketable and intriguing, I am here to say that no other author could have pulled of such a gripping story, all the while leaving me in awe with the writing and language.

I am looking forward to Book 2 and other works by Micael Alan Peck.

Final Statement: This book is a must read!

Until next time,