by James Moser
published by Skookum Trail
Why Read?: Review
Challenges: E-Book, 100 Books in a Year
James Moser's Chasing Prophecy was not at all what I expected, but in the best way possible. This coming-of-age story deals with issues that I have never encountered before in a YA novel...and Bigfoot.
Mo Kirkland is a pretty typical teenager. He is a regular student, sometimes bullied, and in love with his best friend. Yes, he does have two moms, and that is how he has fallen in with the local cult, the Bethlehem Family, which is best friend, Prophecy Bethlehem (he still calls her Kazzy) is part of. When the Bethlehem Family leader dies and the government comes after them for tax evasion, claiming they are not a real religion, Max, his moms, and his other best friend, Max, get involved in trying to help. Little does Mo know that he and Max will be turned into drug mules. Not liking the turn the Bethlehem Family has taken, Kazzy and her mom escape and agree to help the US Marshals. The Bethlehem Family, though, has plenty of resources and soon Mo's life is turned completely upside down.
Moser starts Chasing Prophecy as a typical YA contemporary about a boy who will do anything to impress the girl he likes, including jumping off a bridge and searching for Bigfoot. However, Moser slowly weaves in a much darker story that takes this from light fiction to something much more real. While his characters and plot are strong, it is the themes that really set Chasing Prophecy apart from anything else in the YA market today.
If you want something different and not super fluffy from your YA, Chasing Prophecy is a great pick. James Moser has created something unique here and I hope to see more from him.