Wednesday, January 25, 2017
It's been a while since I posted because I've been sick for around two months. I don't wish what I had on anybody.
So today I'd like to review a book called MORONI'S PROMISE by Kristoffer Neff. At first I was ready to put down the book because I'm not really into books about gangs. But I'm really glad I didn't.
This is a well-written, thought-provoking read full of adventure and time-travel in the vein of Chris Heimerdinger's Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites books. The characters were well drawn and believable. The story gripping. I ended up really enjoying the book deep into the night.
So this is the deal:
Moroni (Ronnie) Clah, a Navajo teen, has just lost first his parents to an accident, and then his sister to gang violence, leaving him without any family. Ronnie joins a gang in order to kill the man who killed his sister. The members insist he go through with killing the man, while Ronnie has some reservations. His choices lead him to run from the gang.
Due to some strange events, Ronnie finds himself transported into the 360 AD American wilderness. He is rescued by a man calling himself Zelph, who takes him back to his cliff dwelling and family. At first Ronnie has a difficult time trying to keep up, being a typical modern city-dwelling teen. He works hard to harden himself into a productive member of the cliff-dwelling society.
Unfortunately his stay is cut short when a band of vicious Lamanites comes to kill Zelph and his family. Ronnie has to choose between his own urges and Zelph's kinder, more honorable way of living. The family flee for their lives, leaving one member behind to give them a chance to escape. At every turn there are choices that define Ronnie's whole life.
I give this book 4 3/4 Liahonas out of 5. Here is where you can pick up this book from Amazon.
Here's where you can pick it up from Deseret Book.