Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest and is currently working on two more young adult novels, the sequel to Tempest as well as a stand-alone comedy.
on Sep. 06, 2014 :
Going Home is a short story about Matt, a fourteen year old who is being forced to leave his home to go to Mars, despite the pleas made to his father at the space-port. His father doesn’t listen and gives Matt no choice, forcing Matt to take measures.
The carefully described situations Matt gets himself in worked well to continue the plot at a steady pace. As Matt is denied time and again his behaviour becomes more extreme, until the eventual point of no return. It was easy to sympathise with Matt, whose arguments seemed valid; who wants to go to unfamiliar Mars?
The conclusion was the best part of the story for me, providing startling truths about the origin of mankind and the fear of aliens. Matt ends up going on a journey of self-discovery towards happiness, admittedly not the happiness he originally wanted, but one that could still be fulfilling.
(review of free book)