I hope I can convey the absolute delight I felt when I started reading this book.
It was only recently that I finished reading Hugo's "Les Miserables", which was an incredible experience itself. My interest still strong after the final page, I started researching a little more about the story and its various adaptations, and happened across Harris' "Resurrections". Curious and hopeful, I clicked on the "view sample" link.
I was blown away.
Harris has constructed a perfectly sound re-imagining of how events at the end of "Les Miserables" would have played out with the simple change of averting Javert's suicide, and has crafted an engaging and very satisfying narrative. This book could be inserted seamlessly into the end of "Les Miserables" (and I strongly encourage fans of the Brick to take a peek at this book), but still tells its own story, which is no mean feat.
"Resurrections" is an absolutely wonderful read. Harris' characterizations are instantly recognizable and masterfully presented. The two primary characters manage to avoid the miserable fates that await them in Hugo's novel in a very appropriate way, and it provides a deep sense of satisfaction and closure to see Valjean's selflessness act as a catalyst for Javert's character development, which in turn leads to events that allow Valjean to be saved from his own self-destruction.
I am very eager to read the next books in the series.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)