Title: Flight of Life (Essence Series #1)
Author: E.L. Todd
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Everyone is good. Sometimes they just do evil things. Despite the loss of Calloway’s parents, the torment he deals with at Fresno High School for being poor, and the responsibility of the entire world on his shoulders, he still believes life is worth living—even if it isn’t.
The only things he has left are the gifts his father left behind, a glowing orb and a picking knife. Calloway doesn’t understand the use of these gifts. The globe only responds to him, shining in the darkness at his command. And his knife can open any lock. But what are they for?
After Calloway steals the Kirin book from the Grandiose Historian Library, he is hunted by the Hara-Kirs, an ancient race that seeks to harbor the essence of all humans. Constantly looking over his shoulder, Calloway doesn’t understand why he’s being followed. And, more importantly, why he hasn’t been killed. The creatures had the chance many times, but his life has never been claimed.
With the help of his two friends, they decode the ancient text and investigate the portal that leads to the other side. The Anti-Life. During their research, Calloway realizes his father may not be dead after all. But if he isn’t, where is he? Why would his father abandon him? Did he ever love Calloway? His friends suspect his father was actually a Hara-Kir, which was how Calloway received the gifts, but Calloway refuses to believe it. His father was a good man. He’ll prove it.
Weston, the girl that Calloway immediately feels connected to, is the leader of the White Wing, a group of warriors that fight against the Hara-Kirs. But she doesn’t trust Calloway. All the information works against him. If his father was a Hara-Kir, what is he?
As much as I liked the plot and the characters in this book, there seemed to be something missing in the story. Like a missing ingredient that needs to be added to improve the taste. I dunno…
Maybe, it’s the thought that the Hara-Kirs were not really explained further in the book, how they came to be, how the lead characters easily accepted everything about what they knew about them. I had these questions dancing around my head while reading the book, like how Weston have known about the mystical beings, how and who founded the West Wing, how did Calloway’s father learned about Hara-Kirs and a lot more questions.
But since this is just the first book in a series, I believe there are still more to come on the next book. I actually liked the characters, especially Breccan who always eats but never gets fat, Easton who knows how to get to the librarian’s heart, and Calloway, sweet, good boy Calloway, who always sees the good in everyone. I hate that he always get bullied by Hawk, I hate that he nearly falls for Hawk’s girlfriend, I hate that he doesn’t still know the truth about his father.
Flight Of Life is a book that somehow captured my interest and I still want to read the next books in the series. E. L Todd is a great author, because she knows how to make people crave for more!