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Into This World We're Thrown Paperback – 30 Jan 2002
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About the Author
In addition to his great success with Desert Sons and Into This World Were Thrown, Mark Kendrick has gone on to write Stealing Some Time, a science-fiction novel. Kendrick currently lives in Chicago with his partner and their two Westies, where he is a computer-networking consultant.
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Once again the depth is addictive, and the insecurities suffered by Scott and Ryan are examined in much greater detail, their relationship seems destined to falter with what waits ahead of them. (I won't ruin it for you) Lets just say that where we left Ryan in the first book as regards his inner most feelings and doubts, these surface again with vengeance and threaten to blow apart the thing he cherishes the most - his love for Scott. In this sequel we also follow the journey of both the temptation and rejection that Scott must deal with if he is to remain with the first boy he has ever loved. The environment in which their relationship must survive changes too - the bubble in which they both inhabited over the summer has burst and now Scott must return to school, a place as we can guess has its own fair share of homophobic tyrants.
I described Desert Sons as fantastic in my review on here, this book does what all fans that of that book needed - answers to our questions about Ryan and a re-establishment of our faith that love can conquer all. A story we can all indentify with whether gay, straight or perhaps not quite sure, a book along with its prequel that can be read and enjoyed over again.
Just like with Desert Sons, I struggled through the early chapters. The story hangovers (Scott coming out to his Dad, Ryan's open acceptence of his sexuality) were quickly resolved in the first handful of pages. Once done, Scott and Ryan were seemingly sidelined as new characters (with detailed histories) were introduced - Preston, Casey, Joe... This was quite a turnaround since 'Desert Sons' also exclusively centred on the two leads and their interactions. In fact, Ryan fails to surface fully in the story until almost a third of the way through.
It was interesting though that, whereas Ryan had been the centre point for 'Desert Sons', Scott was the primary focus in the follow-up. That was an interesting twist by the author. However, I feel that the overall feel of the novel suffered due to the loss of the boys central relationship and the climatic finale was expected from the outset (what was was the big, homophobic badboy with attitude expected to do when he was introduced to us early on except try to kill one of the lads?).
I also didn't like the fact that suddenly the story was set in 1991, whereas no reference to the date year had been mentioned in the first book. As a reader, your imagination is always that the events are current and then, suddenly being told that its 15 years past and that the characters will have moved on since detracted a little from the nicely rounded ending (or is it just me that feels that?).
Once again though, despite initial reservations, I enjoyed the story and feel that it concluded well and ended as all good love stories should. However, I would definately recommend that you read 'Desert Sons' first before picking up this book. Although the author claims that it can be read alone, alot of the past events mentioned will be lost and not understood which could effect the overall feel of the story.
Both Scott and Ryan have to confront homophobia in its pathetic and dangerous forms. They also have to discover trust and truth.
Mark Kendrick's skill is in his ability to get under the skin of these two late teenagers as they discover the overwhelming power of their sexual attraction for each other; to convey to the reader the erotic charge that sparks between them, but also to portray the travails of their growing maturity, as well as the ultimate triumph of their love.
While Desert Sons deftly handles the difficult and sometimes dangerous coming out process of young lovers Ryan and Scott, the sequel finds that lingering tensions remain, while new challenges continue to surface. Infidelity, jealousy, town gossip, and buried feelings threaten to destroy their relationship. Worse yet, the threat of violence looms constantly in their lives.
Fans of Desert Sons will surely cherish this conclusion to its story-lines. However, I also suggest it to fans of gay teen "coming out" movies like Beautiful Thing, Get Real, Boy's Life, and Edge of Seventeen. In fact, Kendrick's first two novels would both make great movies themselves!