Facing Demons is a young adult novel about different teens facing desperate, traumatic situations. This novel discusses many problems facing young teens and young adults today. As suggested by the title, each character must face their demons before being able to overpower them. Despite the initial bleak outlooks there is an underlying feeling of hope and renewal throughout the book.
Ashley Saunders breaks down the book by each character's story. It begins with the story of Blake Solomon. The man, the rest will come to know at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic, faced his own demons. Blake survived an almost deadly battle with an aggressive form of cancer. This gave him the inspiration to help others who are struggling through life. Although he is counseling these kids, he also continues to face his own demons throughout the story.
The rest of the characters Rebecca, Jason, Felicity, and Matthew are introduced in the first chapter, aptly titled “Their Stories.” The way in which the author penned their stories makes them come alive for the reader. You can truly envision their poor desperate faces searching for a better way to live. By the end of the first couple of chapters, you can not help but sympathize with these characters, wanting to reach out ad help them if you could. Like I said, these stories are common to what we see in our society today. Any one of these characters could be your neighbor, your schoolmate, or someone you see on the street.
Once I started this book I could not put it down. Facing Demons is a page turning, thought provoking, heart wrenching novel. I would recommend this to readers of all ages who have faced issues in their lives.
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About the author:
Ashley Sanders is a young adult fiction writer and author of FACING DEMONS, which reviewers have described as “Inspirational” and “Absolutely amazing!” (Out September 2011).
His career as a paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service continues to give him valuable insight into a diverse range of people's lives and has sparked inspiration for his writing.
Ashley is currently working on character prequels for Facing Demons.
JASON's Prequel will be released mid-2012
*I was provided a copy of Facing Demons and monetary compensation to review it. The opinions are mine