"This Paper World" by Jeff Lane is one of the most refreshing reads I have encountered so far this year. It is a well thought out thriller with all sorts of twists and turns, that leaves you begging for more.
The book starts off with the reader briefly meeting Troy Green in a prologue. This prologue gives the reader a small look into what a Champion is and what they are capable of doing, as well as, a look into their biggest enemy, the Spoilers. With these facts in mind the book starts and the reader is introduced to Jim Hunt, a normal college student that is attending a school miles away from his hometown, and Nathaniel "Park" Parker his older hometown neighbor and friend. As the adventure unfolds, Jim comes home from school for Christmas breaks and finds out after a discussion with Park that he is not just a normal college student, that he has the potential to be a Champion. With this knowledge, not only can Jim change his life forever but he can help protect the world from the most dangerous congregation of people. However, it is only up to Jim how he wants to use this knowledge, does he join Park and the others or does he simply go Rogue.
I absolutely enjoyed this book. It is a refreshing addition to the Sci-Fi genre. The plot was not only well thought out but completely original. It contained unpredictable twists that started at the beginning of the book and went all the way to the end, making this book extremely hard to put down. The main characters and the supporting characters were wonderful and likable. Not only did the main characters have in depth stories about their pasts but the supporting characters did too, which is a wonderful change from other books.
This is one of those books that even when you are not reading it, you are thinking about it. It takes over your mind and might even leak a little into your reality (did that person that passed you on the street smell a little weird or did the guy you stood behind in line have a weird smoke like mist coming from him). All in all this was an amazing book and I definitely recommend it and sure hope that there are more adventures to come.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)