Author: Michael Fiegel
Original Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: A cold-blooded killer-for-hire, Edison North drifts across America from city to city, crime scene to crime scene, leaving behind a world in flames. But during a seemingly random stop at a fast food restaurant, Edison meets Christian, a young girl who mirrors his own sense of isolation and stink of “other.” Though it’s been a long time since he felt anything resembling a human connection, something about this desperately lonely child calls to him like a fallen nestling. Edison feels certain she deserves better. And while he is not convinced that he can give her that, he can teach her to fly on her own. So he takes her.
Thus begin the chronicles of Edison North—and his protégé. Weaving together past and present, Edison begins Christian’s strange apprenticeship as Christian looks back upon her fractured upbringing and the training that made her into the killer she’s become. What emerges is a savage—and ultimately tender—exploration of the unlikely bond between two outsiders: a fledgling assassin and the man who took her under his wing.
MY MINI REVIEW
Whoa, what a mind-fuck of a novel. It’s been a few days since I finished it and I still can’t stop thinking about Christian and Edison. They were both such interesting characters and I can’t even begin to explain why I loved them so much. In the end, certain things could and should have went a different route… though, the ultimate ending makes absolute sense. It had to be that way for us to understand Edison thoroughly.
I enjoyed the alternate POVs and fonts. The author, Michael Fiegel, was able to flow in and out of each voice smoothly. He was believable as Christian and Edison in all stages of their lives. Some parts in this novel were a bit draggy, almost preachy… like, the author is shoving his beliefs and conspiracies down your throat a bit too much but I, personally, never lost interest. I could see others getting bored with these parts and if I’m being honest; they don’t contribute much to the REAL story (the growth and development of both Christian and Edison and their unusual bond) anyways so my advice would be to just skip them if you hate them!
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Dates Read: October 26-November 08, 2018
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“Life occasionally demands sacrifice, and I would sacrifice many things for french fries. And have.”
“She does not want to be here. She wants to be else: somewhere else, someone else.”
“Knowing about something is useless unless you can do something about it.”
“There is a limit to how interesting life can be, and even the best life has to offer is mostly mediocre.”
“Tears are pointless if there’s no one around to see them.”
“Children are built to cry– it is their purpose to remind us that life hurts.”
“A lot of things can be concealed forever. Age is not one of them, no matter how hard you kick and scream.”
“I am not quite sure where we are, or where we are going, but I know one thing for sure. One way or another, each of us will end up right where we need to be.”
“I would call it a ‘safe house’ but I really do not like that word. Nothing is ever safe.”
“‘They have never prevented a single terrorist incident,’ he replied. ‘The TSA fails to catch fake weapons and bombs the majority of the time. But that isn’t really their fault, because their job is not to prevent terror. Their job is to remind us to be terrified.’“
“Humans are creatures of instinct and habit. They do something over and over, it becomes second-nature. Reflex. This is especially true with violence.”
“She needs to find her own way to cope. To not care. To learn that you cannot bury skeletons beneath other skeletons, no matter how small they are. You have to learn to leave them behind. Let them burn.”
“I am nothing if not a survivor— but lately I am realizing that some holes can never be filled, some wounds never healed.”
“Sometimes doing the right thing is the wrong thing to do.”
“I was no longer the person those things had happened to. The past couldn’t hurt me if I didn’t let it.”
“The days blend together, the weeks puree until everything is one unimportant gray clump of time.”
“Dealing with anything is easier when you are alone. No matter what you decide, the vote is always unanimous. And no matter how terrible the outcome, it is always easy to find the person responsible.”
“But though my mind was sure, my heart had to catch up. Muscles have memories. We fool ourselves far better than we fool others.”