Jack's life consisted of new schools, in new towns, with the same old problems. The pattern continued until he saw Ana deep in the woods. Through Ana, Jack developed a keen interest in learning who he was and where he came from, his ancestors.
"The best way to learn about your ancestors is to put yourself in the same environment they were in. It isn't enough to know what they did. If you really want to know them, you need to learn about what shaped them into who they were." Those were Ana's words. Her death left Jack with the realization that he knew little of this amazing woman who was his adopted mother.
The first step of Jack's quest takes him to the last place she visited before his adoption, the island of Haiti. New friends, unexpected events, and the island itself give Jack a greater understanding of Ana, and ultimately himself.
Come with Jack as he begins his Journey.
I love this book! I LOVED it! And here's why:
There were many times throughout the book where I found myself connecting with Jack. He moves around a lot, he's a loner, and he gets picked on. Although they aren't positive things, I've experienced these things and that made it so easy to connect to Jack.
I liked the variety of people that Jack encounters on his travels. This is something else I can connect with, because it features a different culture in the story.
Usually, I hate it when stories are a compilation of flashbacks and present day, but Chip manages to connect the two wonderfully. The flashbacks provide background info and help the story flow along. I'm glad that we aren't given all of Jack's story with Ana in this book. That leaves material to work with in the following books (that I'm sure Chip will give me because I'm awesome!) where we can slowly learn about the time Jack spends traveling with Ana.
I wish there were more people like Ana in the world. I'm hoping to be like her someday.
If there is one (tiny) improvement that would make this story even better than it is now, that would be to add a bit more emotional connection. Just so that some scenes that are dramatic pop out as they should.
I look forward to reading more books by Chip Davis, and Trail of the Raven: Haiti gets 5/5 Platypires from me.