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Last Book Syndrome: ‘Heaven’s Forgotten’ by Branden Johnson

BY CLARISSA CHUA

We’re doing Last Book Syndrome a liiitle differently tonight by reviewing a book—this time Heaven’s Forgotten by Branden Johnson. We hope you enjoy!

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THE STORY

Moira has not wanted anything more than a normal life with her daughter Penelope. So when Penelope caused yet another disturbance in school, she decided to seek help from the only psychologist she trusts, Jake. But what she discovered were far from what she expected. Penelope’s father Michael, who was an angel, is now after them.

WHAT I LIKED

I dived into the book, expecting it to be solely focused on the supernatural. Little did I know that it will also have a substantial focus on humanity, love and action. I commend how the book deconstructed my view of human characteristics which then allowed me to delve deeper and to see humans in a new light.

The existence of supernatural creatures clearly pointed out how frail and vulnerable human life is. Michael, as well as the other Watchers, questioned numerous human choices and actions when they first fell. And somewhere in their adventure on earth, they discovered how human life is indeed flawed yet still wonder-filled.

“A little girl. Humans were such strange creatures—reproducing in such a bizarre and wonderful way.”

The story contained a lot of nuances especially when it came to confronting the past. Adam and Murphy faced this problem quite tragically but I value its setting in the book. Even if it did not unravel much of the plot, it uncovered Adam’s character as one of the main ones in the book.

In contrast, I was glad to see how Moira untangled herself from her past notions of Michael and in turn, its paving of the way for her to face her future.

HOWEVER…

Moira’s character and indecisiveness threw me off a bit as the story progressed that there came a point where it was a challenge to empathize with her. Despite this, I loved how Branden Johnson maintained that one thing in her self: her desire to save Penelope.

tl;dr

I honestly felt a lot of emotions throughout the book, which makes it tough to confine into words, but I feel that Heaven’s Forgotten will surely be a delight to those who seek an adventure beyond the natural realm. ☁

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Dealing with Last Book Syndrome by calligraphy. See more here.

 

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