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