Review of solo/down by Lauryn Allison Lewis

This is an older review. I am reposting. It’s left an impression on me as one of the stories I’ve never forgotten.

solo/downsolo/down by Lauryn Allison Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the things I liked so much about this story is the switch between character POV’s. Most first person stories take place in one frame of mind only giving you the advantage of a particular persons view point. I enjoy a good story that allows you to interact with all the characters frame of mind, how they feel and what they think about each other. You see each of them from a different set of eyes and are able to gain a stronger grasp of each character; the idiotic scientist who made a mistake that would end his own existence, the absentee mother a mere after thought putting her work first and forgetting anyone else existed at the compound, the twins exuding pure evil and insurmountable innocence in their own eyes.

I enjoyed the author’s choice of language. Some authors, especially young authors, are afraid to get in deep and describe something with big words. Lewis had no trouble with that and I was never lost on concept. I saw Solo, a unique and interesting character, as the girl saw him. Strange, spirited, untrusting, a reflection of her own abilities and mind, confusing.

My only gripe is that I would have liked the story to continue on to find out what happened after, if you can call that a gripe. Was it her own abilities that helped her escape, solo nothing but the imagination of a little girl or a spirited being sent to help. And what of her future alone in an unknown world? Lewis left me wondering if she really is safe after all.

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