Saturday, 18 July 2015

Review of Spinner by Michael J Bowler (available now to pre-order)

I received an advanced copy of this story in return for an honest review.

Wow, this book has it all, it has an amazing story, really gets to you, the main character Alex is a 15yr old boy in a wheelchair, and he is a spinner.  A spinner provides healing ability, and people want his powers. Others are terrified of his powers, the poor boy has been removed from countless foster homes because they think he is freakish. His life is turned upside down, even evil is pursuing him.  Alex may have a disability and make him seem worthless to some ignorant people, but Alex has a terrific and caring nature and his abilities define him not his disability.

Believe me when I say this is one of those books where you are wondering what on earth is going to happen next.  Alex and his friends (classmates with learning disabilities) set out to find out about Alex and his birth, they need to get to the bottom of the mystery because people are dying, and this may be the only way to stop the deaths.  Let me say they get up to some right antics in their plight, and you will be shocked, surprised, awed, and totally blown away by the things that happened during their venture.

The housemother who is caring for the group of friends is an evil sadistic woman, who beats on the children, and knows of Alex's special ability to spin and heal which she uses to her advantage, covering up the mess she makes of the boys.  She also is hell bent on making some money out of him.  I felt like punching her lights out lol.

There are some really hilarious bits in the story which lightens it up immensely I had to grin while reading some of the descriptions of what the boys said, the author sure has a great way of putting things over exactly how a child would come across.

Totally enjoyed the read, loved all the shocks and surprises, loved how the children bantered with each other and how they stuck up for each other.

Amazon purchase link (pre-order)