“Everyone is good. Sometimes they just do evil things. Despite the loss of Calloway’s parents, the torment he deals with at Fresno High School for being poor, and the responsibility of the entire world on his shoulders, he still believes life is worth living—even if it isn’t. The only things he has left are the gifts his father left behind, a glowing orb and a picking knife. Calloway doesn’t understand the use of these gifts. The globe only responds to him, shining in the darkness at his command. And his knife can open any lock. But what are they for? After Calloway steals the Kirin book from the Grandiose Historian Library, he is hunted by the Hara-Kirs, an ancient race that seeks to harbor the essence of all humans. Constantly looking over his shoulder, Calloway doesn’t understand why he’s being followed. And, more importantly, why he hasn’t been killed. The creatures had the chance many times, but his life has never been claimed. With the help of his two friends, they decode the ancient text and investigate the portal that leads to the other side. The Anti-Life. During their research, Calloway realizes his father may not be dead after all. But if he isn’t, where is he? Why would his father abandon him? Did he ever love Calloway? His friends suspect his father was actually a Hara-Kir, which was how Calloway received the gifts, but Calloway refuses to believe it. His father was a good man. He’ll prove it. Weston, the girl that Calloway immediately feels connected to, is the leader of the White Wing, a group of warriors that fight against the Hara-Kirs. But she doesn’t trust Calloway. All the information works against him. If his father was a Hara-Kir, what is he?” –Excerpt from Goodreads.com
This book receives an “A” for effort when it comes to an original plot line and innovative ideas. The author reveals new information about the fabled Hara-Kirs throughout the novel and keeps the reader intrigued. Calloway’s empathetic heart and chivalrous nature charmed me from the beginning, but started to grate on me as he continuously acted sweeter than saccharin. Real people stumble at times, even the most kind and thoughtful have moments of bitterness, but Calloway, while depressed at times, continues steadfastly in his selflessness. The other characters are entertaining but somewhat two-dimensional. As a grammar Nazi, this book pained me to read. The errors continued to add up, and while a small number of errors is understandable, the ones in Flight of Life literally hurt to read.
I did not particularly enjoy this literary journey, but I think that the next book in the series has potential to be a really awesome read.
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