It's two o'clock in the morning here and I just finished Tim Greaton's novel "Under Heaven." I could not go to bed until I wrote this review and you will soon understand why. There is so much emotion in this book that you can't help but feel it in the depths of your soul.
Perhaps it's that the story has so much to do with children and the tragic demise of young Nate, or perhaps it's simply the spiritual elements that have just the right amount of religious undertones to truly make you think... and wonder. What happens to little Nate makes you feel a mixture of hurt, sadness, and anger at a whole new kind of prejudice that a lot of us likely never even knew existed. But, the part that brings the wonder is watching his story in "Under-Heaven" develop alongside that of another young boy named Jesse.
By the time you get to the end you won't believe the connection the two share and as much as you try to figure it out you never will. I loved this novel and urge you to read it. It's a beautifully written story with a cinematic quality you can see play out perfectly in your mind's-eye. Frustrations will form as you try hard to figure out what the two stories have in common, but it's the good kind of frustration that keeps you riveted to the book until the very end.