14 August 2012

{Book Review} Illusion

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 August 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | |

Author: Frank Peretti
Format: Audio Book
Pages: 498
Publisher: Howard Books (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Published: March 6, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop. Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.
They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.
My take: First of all, being introduced to the world of audio books was a wonderful way to pass the time driving to work, and great for the road tripper in me.  This book was one that definitely kept me entertained from start to finish!
The beginning of this book was somewhat confusing to me at first.  I got this sort of eerie feeling like everything would give off that “bad” vibe.  Fortunately, only just the beginning had that truly eerie and strange feeling, and once Mandy really gets introduced, it was like “oh hey…this is really kind of interesting”.  What do you make of a girl who’s lost, ends up in a mental facility (or what the reader is led to believe).  And the way Mr Peretti really takes you through the feelings – doubts and fears – of Mandy, is something truly magical.
Now at first, I truly despised Dane.  He was so angry at the world (with good reason), but because of his anger, he couldn’t see things for what they were worth.  That in and of itself made me angry.  When Mandy accidentally happens upon him, and he her, things get to a point of beyond strange.  Dane just takes things in such a bizarre manner, constantly fighting with himself over right and wrong…real and not real.  I think with this, listening to it really gave me more time to grasp the concepts Peretti was using throughout.
When Mandy and Dane both have the sense of what’s really happening, thanks in part to a little help from friends, they’re finally able to get a little bit of common ground.  Yes, from the accident, Dane misses his wife (who is Mandy, but a different version of her), so that’s why the start is turmoil…but finding those little things he loved back when, and seeing the little quirks of Mandy all over again, I feel, is what really led him to being able to move past what happened (in a sense) and help the current Mandy.
So, despite the magic part (which in turn is a little cool), the storyline itself really gives way to imagination along with a sense of wondering “what would happen if this were my situation”.  Now, far be it from me to say that this situation COULD truly happen, but it’s fun to think through all the what if’s.
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