I have read L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain’s The Scattered and The Dead book which was amazing. When the author’s offered me a copy of Casting Shadows Everywhere in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at it. Casting Shadows Everywhere is not set in an apocalyptic world with zombies. It is set in a much scarier place with much scarier monsters. It is set in our world and with real people in real situations.
The story follows the life of Jake suffering through the typical pangs of being fifteen. He is not part of the popular crowd or the jock crowd. He is part of the background. He goes through life trying not to make waves but honestly trying to more humane to other people than they are to him. He does not like confrontation or fights.
Jake’s older cousin Nick offers to take Jake under his wing and help toughen him up. Jake wants to build up his confidence and learn how to handle bullies. He commits to working with Nick by agreeing to do anything Nick tells him, in return Nick will guide him in becoming a man and not a pushover.
Jake is in control of his destiny. He has to choose how far down a very dark path he is willing to follow Nick. He also has to choose whether to step off the path and make his own. He is a fifteen year old boy, surrounded by bullies, the dangerous people his cousin associates with, and having his first relationship with a girl. Jake uses his journal to not only record what has happened but to also process his thought and make his decisions. Not having been a fifteen year old boy in my lifetime, I cannot attest to the authenticity of the young male teen experience but I can tell you the authors made Jake very real to me. I cared whether he made good decisions and I feared for him as the slope became slipperier. I recommend Casting Shadows Everyone as an excellent book about the decisions we make and how our decisions make us.