Book Review: Caught in a Moment by: Martin Dukes

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Martin Dukes

Publish Date: February 1, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Caught in a Moment is the story of Alex Trueman, a teenager who daydreams himself unwittingly into the strange world of Intersticia. This is a world outside of ordinary time, that exists in the slender intervals between instants. From Alex's point of view the world around him freezes into immobility. At first it seems the he alone is free to wander the hushed streets with their motionless cars and people. But he is not alone. Alex soon discovers that he shares the world with others. There are a few dozen fellow daydreamers who share his fate. There is plump, bespectacled Will, pretty brunette Kelly, and the rebellious outcast Paulo. Presiding over them all is the enigmatic Ganymede, and irascible vagrant who distributes food to his dependents and sets them perverse tasks to perform in return.

Alex soon finds that he has rare skills in Intersticia. Most uniquely he can affect the motionless world of 'Statica' around them. He can open doors, help himself to food, and move objects. But this forbidden activity soon sets him on a collision course with Ganymede in which the very existence of Intersticia is put at risk.

Review: Alex Trueman daydreams a lot, which brings him into the world of Intersticia. Intersticia exists only in the small moments between time. While he is there he is not allowed to interact with Statica which the “normal” world, where everything appears to be frozen. Alex finds the others who exist in this sector of Intersticia and as he learns the inner workings he discovers he may have the power to make a small change which results in a different outcome for some Intersticians.

‘Caught in a Moment’ is the thought-provoking story of a boy who finds himself suddenly in a world he never knew existed. It’s an odd, yet touching, novel with some very interesting characters and some good insights into human nature. Mr. Dukes has a way of writing which has the story flowing along quickly and keeps your interest. Some of the characters stood out more for me, while others faded into the background, which I felt was the point. You could see those who had sort of ‘resigned’ themselves to their Intersticia lives and then those who were still vibrant. While some of the more vibrant characters can be crazy and/or unlikable, as you read on you understand more about how they became who they are today. I greatly enjoyed ‘Caught in a Moment’ and while I felt the story wrapped up neatly, it is my understanding it’s the first in a trilogy. Pick it up and get caught up in ‘Caught in a Moment’.


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