FLY is a coming of age fantasy by Jacob Moore. Debut author and the first in a series built on real-life values and experiences. The story subtly incorporates ideas and techniques that teens can use in their everyday lives. From philosophy to mindfulness.
Disclaimer: I was gifted this book for the purpose of this review. This hasn’t influenced my opinion of the product in any way.
Sadly, I am no bookworm, I’m not a great reader of fictional literature. If I’m totally honest, I can’t remember the last time I read a fictional book. But every now and again I do spot the odd book that catches my attention, especially if it contains an underlying message or thought process.
I’m an adult and I rarely read fictional stories, getting children to read for pleasure seems to be a harder thing to do these days. Especially now that they mostly all have mobile phones. Additionally and Ironically, children of a certain age, much prefer to exist in a fictional, heavily influenced online world than that of a world created from their own imagination. So much can be said for allowing a child to use their imagination at free will. Fictional stories allow children to learn from experiences they have never encountered. In some ways, subliminally preparing and coaching for adulthood.
This leads me nicely onto my review of FLY, by Jacob Moore. When I was presented with the opportunity to receive this book and review it, I jumped at the chance. When I read the blurb of the book, it instantly resonated with me and my childhood at school.
A coming of age fantasy by Jacob Moore
FLY is the first in a series by debut author Jacob Moore. It is dubbed as ‘a coming of age fantasy built on real-life philosophy and experiences‘. Aimed at children aged 12 years of age and upwards, it cleverly and subtly incorporates techniques that teenagers can use within their everyday lives from philosophy and mindfulness.
It’s an interesting read that mixes a weird fantasy world with the reality and difficulties of just getting through adolescent life.
The Author, Jacob Moore, a former English teacher with a masters’ degree in adolescent development, has quite cleverly used his experience to create a fantasy that identifies the emotional and philosophical struggles of teen life.
The story is centred around a twelve-year-old boy called Will. He dislikes school, doesn’t get good grades, thinks about girls, and dreams of escaping his ordinary life by flying away. there is nothing remarkable about him at all. Until he discovers that he has special powers which he cannot control and does not yet understand.
Will’s, principal recognises his gift and gives him guidance as he joins three other ‘special’ classmates on a magical journey. They travel to a place where reality and time are fluid and change at any moment where they begin to learn how to control their powers for good. They are confronted with an evil more powerful than they can imagine and the three classmates cannot escape. Will and his powers alone are the only things that can save them.
In order to save himself and his classmates, Will must learn to control his powers as he grows from a child into an adult. Until he can harness his unique abilities in this magical world, he cannot properly function in any reality and the evil only becomes stronger. The fate of his three classmates depends on whether he can let go of his childhood in time.
FLY is a great read. Reading it from an adults perspective, I could see my younger self as Will and elements of my own children crossing the metaphorical bridge from childhood to adulthood, encountering struggles and learning mindfulness along the way. Jacob never allows the book to become anything else but a fantasy but creatively encompasses the whole fantasy around positive self-reflection. It’s definitely worth me encouraging my 12-year-old daughter to read FLY, I’d recommend any young teen to give it a read.
FLY is available in paperback and eBook available on Amazon and all good bookshops and at the time of writing this, is priced at £10.29 and £6.32 respectively.