Monday, June 17, 2013
Fall From Grace, by Charles Benoit
Enter Grace, a girl from a neighboring high school. She's got plans as well, but hers are decidedly different from any that Sawyer has seen before. She likes to steal things. The first time they meet, at a Model UN conference, she talks him into stealing documents from the other teams. The novelty and the taboo-breaking are intoxicating to Sawyer and he is hooked. From there, her plans move on to much bigger things. Sawyer loves the excitement and the idea of doing something dangerous, and being someone that his parents and girlfriend would never approve of. But these little rebellions come with a cost.
The really interesting question, and one which I wish the author has had Sawyer explore is whether he's really breaking free or just finding another person's plans to fall behind? Unfortunately, it isn't really a question that the book attempts to answer. Instead, this is largely an action story -- and a slow one at that, as sawyer ends up pretty much where he started. The drama (tensions with parents, with girlfriend, and even with Grace) are largely tossed out in the end. It's entertaining, but not very edifying.