In the Path of Falling Objects

In the Path of Falling Objects

Book - 2009
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In 1970, after their older brother is shipped off to Vietnam, sixteen-year-old Jonah and his younger brother Simon leave home to find their father, who is being released from an Arizona prison, but soon find themselves hitching a ride with a violent killer.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312375584
Branch Call Number: FICTION Smi
Description: 326 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLChrisK Jul 09, 2015

A road trip. Isolation. Desperation. Siblings. Stoicism. Stubbornness. Love. Lust. Death. War. Loss. A psychopath.

"'Oh,' Walker swallowed. 'Well, I won't ask you to tell me nothing else. Please. Every time either one of you opens your mouth, the truth gets worse and worse.'"

Brothers Jonah and Simon have only each other. Parents gone. Older brother lost to Vietnam. No money. No food. A shack in the dessert. A horse that died ten miles into their attempt to journey into the world. Only each other, and their furious, simmering, unspoken love-hatred for each other.

They don't get to ease into the world, though, as they are given a ride by someone on the verge of falling apart. Someone who, they gradually realize, has already started down a path of no return. Their journey all too quickly becomes a disturbing, terrifying struggle to escape and survive.

Smith does an astounding job of creating tension. Fear. Foreshadowing, plotting, pacing, and language are all wielded to maximum impact. And they are paired perfectly with the furious, simmering, understated emotional turmoil the boys experience over the course of their journey. Emotional growth, even.

If they survive.

asyoucan Jan 29, 2012

This is the best book I have ever read! I felt like I couldn't put it down and just had to find out what happened next. There aren't many books that I can say have done that but this book kept me interested and guessing from beginning to end. It is now my favorite book and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a good story, with added twist that you will never see coming.

May 24, 2011

I honestly don't know whether to hate or love this book. It's vividly, gruesomely written. It is the ONLY book in my memory that has left me nauseous and not wanting dinner. It is also one of the few books I've read with such amazing make-you-sit-up-straight-and-read-for-hours qualities, like it's amazing descriptions and the way you sort of see into everyone's mind. It was unique, it was original... but it was also terrifying.

It was magnificent.
It was terrible.
It is a book I strongly encourage you to read.


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There's no prison worse than "I promise."


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