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As an avid fan of Sherman Alexie I was not disappointed with this book. It follows the story of Zits, a teen who has been in and out of abusive foster homes his entire life. After feeling deep hatred for those who have hurt him in the past, he finally decides to listen to "Justice" and makes a plan to shoot up a bank, even going so far as bringing the gun to the bank in his coat pocket. He then, by some intervention, gets transported to different points in history when killing and violence was done in the name of "Justice" and then, at the end, gets transported into the body of his father who abandoned him and his mom years ago. A very thoughtful storyline in a very "Alexie" way. Be warned — this book is very intense as far as graphic imagery, violence, and language and should not be given to young adults lightly. This book should definitely be used to warrant a discussion or thought. Highly recommend — with caution!
No one writes quite like Alexie. He's got a sharp tongue, a warm heart, and a belly full of fire. The best part is this his work always seems to remain relevant, despite the year published. In Flight we meet 15 year old Zits, American- Indian, orphaned pyromaniac, in and out of juvenile detention and foster homes. He's about to make the worst decision of his life, and that's where this story takes off. Think mash-up between It's a Wonderful Life and Trainspotting. Wild, and touching.
This novel packs a lot of punch, and for such a short work, it has a lot to say - about the universality of good and evil, about how violence breeds violence and people who are hurt go on to hurt others, and in the end, about how one person can choose to break the cycle with a little help. Great work, from a great author.
Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. About to commit an act of extreme violence, Zits, a Native teen who is lost in foster care, is transported in time and experiences past violent events through the bodies of actual participants. He returns to the present moment a changed person. Powerful.
This book is a quick-read that still meaningfully says a lot about cycles of violence, empathy, identity, and family. The narrator, Zits, has been in foster care for many different years. His isolation makes him susceptible to the violent influence of an older kid who has named himself Justice. The book takes a surreal turn as Zits begins to time-travel into the bodies of other violent people who are also looking for connection and redemption.
This novel reminded me From Dusk til Dawn in that it started out like a normal Alexie piece and then all of the sudden things got weird. And I love weird. It was a surreal, time traveling, insightful and disturbing nightmare. My only complaint would be that sometimes Alexie can be like studio Grateful Dead. You want him to take his little side stories for a nice walk but they end up being too short.
I'm very impressed by the way this book takes the reader through many perspectives on violence, revenge, and repeating cycles of self-destructive behavior. It's not as funny as Alexie's other books (which are often equally macabre) which is totally fine.
This is indeed an excellent coming of age story of a mixed aboriginal/Irish youth raised in foster care. He is very angry and is on the cusp of either punishing society and himself for this anger or coming to terms with the faults of his social and personal history.The author uses an interesting literary tool of 'time travel' to draw the charachter towards his own redemption. An heart felt story, well balanced with humour and sad reality of a neglected child. I would like to see this on high school cirriculum.