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Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe – Review

 Over the Rainbow – Brian Rowe
YA Fantasy
Date Published:  8/6/2013

16-year-old Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious. 

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion , a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population has mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

 My Review:
My first impression of this book was a slow, boring tale, full of evangelism and Christianity that almost had me quitting. However, the first act of the story breaks way into the first hurdle just at the right time. We’re introduced to Zipporah, a fluffy white dog called Judy, and a tall man with a head injury called Frankie, within the first few paragraphs, and that’s where the story really gets interesting, following the trail marked by yellow flowers… With dashes of Oz, Wonderland and fascinating extinct creatures all through the story, you know it’s going to be a wonderful adventure!
The book is written in a well-thought format, though the setting of the 1990s does leave the reader in a little of a stumble to begin with (especially because I was born in the 90s, and only vaguely remember them!), but it becomes less relevant with each passing chapter. It could just be another story set in the present world.
The references to other stories within the text – the dodo from Wonderland, the little white dog – could have been more subtle, but that’s what makes this story so beautiful. All in all, Over the Rainbow is a wonderful, sweet tale of love and life, against the backdrop of wild imaginings.  And the ending… I wish I had a dinosaur.



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Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He’s written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. His fiction has appeared in Dreamspinner Press, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Literary Journal. He is one half of the YA book blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his first New Adult novel, which will be released in November 2013.

Website: brianrowebooks.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17792829-over-the-rainbow


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