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. Volume XVII Number 15. . . .December 10, 2010
Fouteen-year-old Jake MacRae sneaks out of his house at night to meet his friend Cole at a flash party on the subway. He isn't scared of the consequences because he feels he has nothing to lose. His dad (the Pigeon) left when he was four, his mom has given up on him, and his teacher has caught him gambling in school. His only hope for the future involves making a delivery for a violent gang. As Jake gets closer to the party, inexplicable things begin to happen. In the elevator, he hears an ominous voice telling him "Last stop." At St. George Station, technology disappears, and on the subway, time starts to shift. As Jake travels between the past and the future, horror sets in as he witnesses his family suffering the results of his poor choices. Getting involved with the 5 King Tribe will result in his mother's breakdown and his brother's murder. Apparitions (such as Short-Shorts) add nightmarish elements to the story as they speak to Jake about the consequences of his choices. As Jake is pushed and pulled through time, he is given a second chance to improve his life and save the lives of others. The shifting of time is this story is nothing new, but Mind Gap is an absorbing story that ends with a poignant surprise. Like Jake, we make decisions all the time and we struggle with choice. As Jake's priorities shift, the changes he makes are admirable, and his struggles, while not the same as ours might be, do involve universal needs and wants we have all desired.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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