The Confessions of Jonathan Flite
Matthew J. Beier
Published: 15th July, 2014
Epicality Books, LLC
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Age: Adult, Young Adult
From: Author for review; Bostick Communications
Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can’t explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010—ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real.
Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows—anything and everything.
By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves.
What I liked: The Confessions of Jonathan Flite is an intriguing tale of an array of characters and follows two separate timelines, one which impacts the other, all connected because of Jonathan Flite. Though the point of view of the novel changes between several of the characters, it’s not all that hard to remember who’s who, they all seem distinct in their own way. It also has the reader ponder over life after death, it’s something repeated consistently throughout the novel and done in an interesting way a few times as well. It has this murder mystery/suspense vibe during it, and it works well as a cross between YA/Adult due to the different ages of the characters we follow, and it has the “page-turner” vibe in it kept alive throughout each chapter with how the book plays out. The final chapter of the book was like a giant explosion in your face about what’s going on, and leaves you wondering what else this series can become with its sequel!
What I didn’t like: I felt that since we were in “the future” (2037) and we were introduced to a few new gadgets we might learn how they functioned and see how they’ve changed society but other than a little information we didn’t really learn a whole lot about the differences in technology in this book, perhaps in the upcoming sequels we will? Also, for most of the book I had a burning question on what New Naturalism is, and it wasn’t answered until the very end so I spent much of the novel wondering if it would ever be explained while speculating on it with each detail we were given. It’s explanation just left me with an unsatisfied feeling.
Overall Review: The Confessions of Jonathan Flite is a wonderfully written and thought provoking novel with religion and life-after-death woven into the tale of a group of seven who disappeared into a forest years before Jonathan was born, but who’s memories the boy has. With plot twist that leave you wondering, characters who can change and develop before your eyes, and a plot that will keep you guess until the very end, this book is certainly a must-read in my opinion and I’ll definitely be eagerly waiting on the sequel, The Release of Jonathan Flite.
Recommend?: I definitely do! It was a really enjoyable read and I’m sure I’ll be reading it again in the future!
My Rating: 4.3/5
Review by Iris