Stay and die, or run and survive.
Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night.
Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way, Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world as they try to outrun the demons of their past.
With deft imagination and breathless prose, The Crossing is a riveting tale of loyalty, sacrifice and the burdens we carry with us into the darkness of the unknown.
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About the Author
Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I connected pretty quickly with Tommy and Virginia - teenage twins who lost their in a car accident. They grew up in and out of foster care and group homes. Now they are living in a world afflicted by The Disease, which starts out taking the elderly but has slowly progressed to having younger and younger victims. On the run from their current foster Dad, they are trying to make it to Florida to see a space launch to Europa. The author tells this story in chapters that alternate between the twins journey, letters written by their Dad, and anonymous stories of others and how The Disease has impacted them. I liked the connection between Gina and Tommy. I was very interested in finding out what was so important in making it to the launch. All went well with the story until the ending, which was totally different than what I expected. But the more I thought about it, the more I could see why this ending worked out best. At tale about sibling bonds, determination and hope. I received this from Harlequin - Park Row Books via Netgalley.
This is a novel of hopelessness. The world is at war, there's some unknown disease that at first attacked only the oldest who would fall asleep and never wake up. Then the Disease affects younger and younger populations. It's also about two twins, Virginia and Tommy, whose parents died when they were five and they have been shuffled between various foster homes. Virginia retains all memories of every minute of every day and everything that happens. She remembers everything she see and everything she reads and everything she feels. Tommy is a normal boy. Viginia is always the special one. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen in this book or something to make me love or hate or get involved with one of the characters, but for me it never did. I'm sure some people will love the book, but this one wasn't for me. I chose it because I really liked Mott's book The Returned and wanted to read more by him. This wasn't a bad story - it just wasn't for me. Thanks to Jason Mott and HARLEQUIN - Park Row Books through Netgalley for allowing me to read and advance copy.
The Crossing by Jason Mott is a highly recommended tale about twins struggling to survive in a dying world. When the Disease first started, it hit only the elderly. Once they got it, they just fell asleep and never woke up. Then the age of those who caught the Disease began to go lower and the recrimination over how or who started the Disease began, turning into a world-wide war. Now the world is in the 10th year of the Disease. Those who lead the war efforts are dying from it, while those who are actually drafted, fighting, and dying in the war are the young. Tommy and Virginia are seventeen-year-old twins who only have each other. Their parents died when they were five and they have been in the foster system ever since. The twins are opposites. Virginia remembers everything, every word, every detail, in complete clarity - calling it the Memory Gospel - while Tommy doesn't recall much at all. Now Tommy has received a draft letter and the two are making a final desperate trip from Oklahoma to Florida to see the shuttle launch to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Their father was obsessed with Europa and Virginia is sure that the shuttle may be humankind’s last chance for survival. Their foster father, a police officer, is following them, determined to bring Tommy back to go to the military. This is more a story of sibling relationships and rivalry than a dystopian tale. It is set in a dying world, but the important part of the story is the interaction between Tommy and Virginia and how they relate to each other and the world. Virginia's disaffection for people and the Memory Gospel is an oddly creepy combination. She may remember everything and be the intelligent one, but she's also a bit off putting. She recounts in perfect recall the series of letters their father wrote to them, which, among other things, encouraged them to take care of each other. The Crossing is an interesting viewpoint for a dystopian story, but perhaps not the best choice. I will readily admit to wanting to hear more about the Disease, more about the world wide war, more about the political ramifications and explanations for the plague that strikes the elderly and slowly works its way down the generations. Virginia is not really a likeable character and while it is compelling to see the struggles in the journey to Florida, her flashbacks and recollection of their father's letters takes away from the edginess and desperation of the odyssey. The quality of the writing is excellent, as I expected. There was the potential for an even greater story here, but, still, I rather liked some of the revealing disclosures at the end which made the story much better for this reader. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books via Netgalley.