Adam Helios is a bully magnet without many friends. When he starts hearing a voice that claims to come from the stars, he fears he's losing his mind, so he withdraws even further. On the way home from a meeting at the school, he and his parents are involved in a horrible car crash. With his skull cracked open, Adam's consciousness is abducted by the alien who has been speaking to him for months.
After surviving the wreck with only minor scratches, Camille Helios must deal with her guilt over the accident that left her husband badly injured and her son in a coma. When the doctor suggests letting Adam go, Camille refuses to stop fighting for her son's life.
Lost among galaxies, Adam must use his imagination to forge a path home before his body dies on the operating table. But even if he does return to Earth, he may end up locked inside a damaged brain forever.
|Publisher:||Red Adept Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and-like many writers-a coffee addict.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest. Thirteen-year-old Adam Helios has been the object of bullies his whole life. Lately he’s been hearing a voice in his head, one he calls the Star Voice and it has given him the confidence to fight back. He beats the crap out of his nemesis, Joe Sanderson, and after his parents and Joe’s have a yelling conference with the principal, they drive home. Or attempt to. A horrific car accident puts Adam in a coma, severely injures his dad, and his mom, who was driving, walks away with only a few bumps and scratches. That’s when Adam’s journey with the Star Voice truly begins. Wow. This is one trippy story. And quite creative. After Adam’s skull is cracked open in the car accident, the Star Voice takes Adam’s consciousness to space (?) and there Adam must decide whether he wants to help his new friends fight against a crippling illness wrought by the Destroyer or just sink back to his badly damaged body and leave them to die. Of course Adam decides to help and off he goes across the galaxy on an adventure like none other. The story is told from both Adam’s and his mother’s POV, so you get the fanciful action of Adam and the practical and heart wrenching decisions of his parent who has no idea her son’s essence is out there in space on a quest to save some alien beings. By the end, you wonder, was all of this real? Or did Adam imagine it all? I think the author lets the reader decide.
I couldn’t put it down! This is an exciting book with a great message!
Creatively mingling reality and science fiction, Nicholas Conley crafts a mind boggling, intense story. It left me soul searching, a little heart broken, and overwhelmingly in awe of the way he weaves not only Adam’s story but that of his mother, Camille. I won’t give spoilers but I will say, as a parent, I could identify with parts of Camille’s behavior while at other times I disliked her immensely. Adam is a pretty cool kid and I truly enjoyed the arc his story took. It stayed consistent throughout, not making him into some kind of immediate superhero, yet showing the growth of the character. I can’t even get into the aliens because it would give so much away. If I could give it ten stars I would in a heartbeat. Fantastic book! The author gave me a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***