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Book Review

Mark Kendrick, Novelist

Into This World We’re Thrown 
A Novel by Mark Kendrick 
Book review by Duane Simolke

I loved Mark Kendrick’s debut novel, Desert Sons, and can’t wait for the impending release of his first science fiction novel! Still, I was surprised and happy to learn of his plans to first write a sequel to Desert Sons. Though I found the ending of the original completely satisfying, it also left some open possibilities that this book explores.

While Desert Sons deftly handles the difficult and sometimes dangerous coming out process of young lovers Ryan and Scott, the sequel finds that lingering tensions remain, while new challenges continue to surface. Infidelity, jealousy, town gossip, and buried feelings threaten to destroy their relationship. Worse yet, the threat of violence looms constantly in their lives.

Fans of Desert Sons will surely cherish this conclusion to its story-lines. However, I also suggest it to fans of gay teen “coming out” movies like Beautiful Thing, Get Real, Boy’s Life, and Edge of Seventeen. In fact, Kendrick’s first two novels would both make great movies themselves!

Check out Mark Kendrick's website!

Other reviews and interviews by Duane Simolke here.

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