By James Tate on June 6, 2016
Changes is about a group of neighbor hood kids and the things that happen in their lives. I had previously read parts of it as “The Travis Theory” and when you reach the end you will know why it was originally named as such. However, “Changes” is a much more apt title as it deals with drastic world-wide changes and how these neighbor kids deal with the changes. There are sections of the book that I would tend to call a horror story, not because of what it describes as much as the fact that it is something that could very likely happen.
It deals with the misconception that adults often have of children that they don’t know much. Children are much more intelligent than most people give them credit for. When I was around 6 or 7 we often went on drives on Sunday afternoon primarily to get use to the area we had moved into. Even though I was in the back seat and it didn’t matter how many turns and convoluted the trip was I could always give my parents the correct directions back home. The children in this story are exceptionally intelligent along with their parents. But even their parents have trouble believing some of the things that their children know and can do.
My view of portions were sad that the world could become as this but was overridden because throughout the dark sections of the book there is always a hope portrayed that things will get better. I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though it caused me to do a lot of thinking about the possibilities that exist. This is a rather hard book to review without giving away too much of the plot. I do enough reading that I am rarely surprised about what happens in a story, but there were several places that Remmy left me saying to myself “I didn’t see that coming.”.
You need to read the book to get the full impact. I must say that I felt that I knew each of the characters as the story progressed. I even had ideas in my mind about what they look like. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would recommend that everyone buy a copy and read this.
I like Remmy’s writing enough that I have already pre-ordered his next book.