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Published by Little Brown and Company on March 24th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY OTHER VERSIONS OF HIMSELF FROM THE FUTURE.Amazon •
After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.
After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.
In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger claiming to be an older version of his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With no one else to turn to, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.
Mature-Content Rating: Drug Use, Language, Sexual Content
“The sound was the bridge itself, vibrating in the gentle wind coming down the river. He was standing on a massive harp complete with hundreds of woven steel strings, and the wind was running across it like a bow. Henry smiled. It was a sign, he thought. The bridge was his guide now, and it was singing to him.”
Is Henry insane or is he really traveling in time? I think that is probably the number one question that readers have asked themselves when reading this book. He leaves home one night and crosses the George Washington Bridge to visit his love interest, Val, to come upon a symphony of music. He collapses, and when he wakes up two strange men claiming to be himself from the future are watching him. Is your head spinning yet?
It’s really a hard book to review without spoilers, except to refer to the physics Butterfly effect complete with its own soundtrack! There’s defiantly more than a nudge toward mental illness being described, and how family and friends react differently towards the growing illness.
Gabe, Henry’s best friend, and Val also have their own POVs in the book. This really helps the reader keep up with the “reality” or “real-time” of what’s going on in the story while Henry’s story continues.
Overall, The Lost Boys Symphony is a mind-bending work that you’ll have to read for yourself!