Book Review: Boys of Blur

Book Review: Boys of Blur

“When the sugarcane’s burning and the rabbits are
running look for the boys who are quicker than flame.
Stare through the smoke and let your eyes burn.
Don’t blink.
While cane leaves cackle and harvesters whir, while
blades shatter armies of sugar-sweet sticks, watch for
ghosts in the smoke, for boys made of blur, fast as rabbits
and faster.

Shall we run with them, you and I?”

There are secrets in the sugarcane fields. Secrets that only the muck knows. Secrets that Charlie is about to run smack into.

N.D. Wilson has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. With lyrical prose he weaves tales of life and death; tales that call the characters to take big risks, to make giant leaps of faith and find that they are made of more glory and grit than they ever imagined.

Drawing on a backdrop of classical literature and a keen understanding of the world Wilson isn’t content to tell a good story, he calls us to listen deeper to THE story of the muck and mess and glory of life.

Charlie is a boy who lives right in the middle of the mess.

There is the relational mess of his family: an abusive father, a fearful mother, step-siblings, a loving step-parent of another race and a cousin through marriage who becomes the best kind of friend.

Then there is the muck surrounding Tabor, Florida. The muck is dangerous and it harbors a deadly secret. It contains a stench, the walking dead and a consuming evil that seeps from the soil.

Finally there is the glory. The friendship and the SPEED, running with the sparks of life, the breath of old trees and the commitment to take a deadly risk to destroy evil rather than let it consume the life of a friend, then the life of the whole world.

While published for young readers Boys of Blur contains all the suspense, intrigue, mystery and glory that any reader (child or adult) could ever want.

Perhaps because of the theme of speed that weaves its way through the story, this book moves at a much faster pace than any of Wilson’s other novels. As a testament to Wilson’s skill as an author the rapid pace of the book doesn’t detract from the story’s depth. I devoured the story in a matter of hours, but I’m still thinking of the truth found within its pages.

I received an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.