Author: Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press
Cover Artist: Theo Fenraven
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
After fifteen-year-old Tuck finds a Maya artifact while on vacation in Guatemala, his whole life changes. To his surprise, he discovers he can make it rain and snow. A local weatherman happens to be around when Tuck creates a waterspout near his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the next thing he knows, someone from the Department of Homeland Security is picking him up at school and taking him to their offices in Orlando. From there, things only get weirder and more dangerous when he’s escorted to Washington, D.C.
With help from friends and family, Tuck tries to outwit government agents while staying one step ahead of the mysterious Rafe Castillo, the man assigned to ride herd on him. Tuck has an amazing opportunity to reverse the effects of climate change… but only if he stays alive long enough to do it.
Weatherboy by Theo Fenraven is the tale of two stories. Well, stories isn’t the right word. It is the tale of two agendas. One agenda is a story about a fifteen-year-old boy with magical powers trying to overcome the government’s hold on him so he can live his life. The other agenda is more political in nature. The author uses this story as a soapbox to discuss some admittedly important issues to our society. However, this obvious agenda detracted from my overall enjoyment of Tuck’s otherwise intriguing story.
There were times I felt hit over the head with the political agenda behind the plot of this book. Lines such as
O’Reilly didn’t say the obvious: the Republican Party was doing everything in their power not to take care of those in need. Things getting worse wouldn’t change a thing. What they were after was more power, and Tuck afforded them that opportunity. They would use him brutishly to get what they wanted from everyone.
As well as the sheer repetition of the term “climate change” got grating fairly quickly. I understand that this is a huge issue, and one about which the author is passionate, but it pulled me from the story and made me feel browbeaten with the political agenda.
There were also conspiracy theories aplenty mixed in with the soapbox worthy sermons on the world’s climate. Between the department of homeland security basically kidnapping a fifteen-year-old boy from his home, potential government-sanctioned statutory rape, illegal bugs placed in every possible local, and a president with an agenda, I didn’t know which way to turn for a reality check.
So what about the actual plot of the story? Well that part I quite enjoyed. When I could see past the above roadblocks, I thought the idea of a fifteen-year-old getting caught up in ancient magic of unknown origin was pretty cool. I enjoyed watching Tuck, and his friends discover his powers. I even got some enjoyment out of the baddies (in this case the government) trying to utilize that power for their own good. Under other circumstance, I would likely be pulling for Rafe and Tuck to make a go of things. Though at fifteen (almost sixteen), six years is a bit of an age gap.
I am not saying don’t read this book. The overall story is quite enjoyable, but be prepared to look past the agenda to get to Tuck and his story.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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