Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flight School Review
So you’re graduating from homeschool. Now what?

 On the verge of adult life, Chris Rivera is eager to get started on his career as a director of Christian movies. But he’ll have to do it without his best friend Ben, who has traded childhood toys for law books... and a very pretty study partner.

 Meanwhile, Jessie is getting a lot of attention from conservative neighbor John and trendy friend Galen – each of whom, for drastically different reasons, seems a little too good to be true.

 In the face of hard questions and big temptations, how do you know which choice is right? And where do you get the courage to make it?


I don't really read much contemporary fiction. I mostly read adventure stories (both sci-fi and fantasy), historical fiction, and classics, so this was rather outside of my general reading genres. However, it was a fairly enjoyable read. Flight School never became a page turner for me, but I did enjoy reading it.

I did really like the filmmaking aspect of the book, since I've always been interested in making movies...never tried it, though. The message of keeping the right priorities was also a good one. As much as we may want to do things in this world, if we aren't truly doing it for God, even if we say we are, it could compromise our principles, and that is never a good thing. The theme did seem a bit...over times, but it still worked. I also found the Mullerites interesting, particularly the conversation about how they keep the world out thinking it will keep them good while neglecting to realize that it's really a heart matter, that you have to fix the root of the problem, not the externals. With certain recent news, that was quite relevant to the things I've been thinking about.

The characters seemed fairly well developed. Unfortunately, while it does sort of work as a standalone, I felt I was missing a lot by not having read the first book. I didn't really understand the family or friendships, or where the characters were coming from. So I think it would be a good idea to read The Sparrow Found a House first. I could relate fairly well to Jessie, though I'm not sure I really got into her head. The character point of view wasn't terribly deep, but I probably only noticed because I just edited my own book to fix slips in deep character POV. Ben's story felt kind of irrelevant to me, but I'm sure that with the first book it's not. And while I don't think these characters are ones that will stick with me forever (like the Doctor, or Jill Pole, or Jace), I am curious to see what happens next in regards to Jessie and John's possible relationship, especially considering that he's a Mullerite and she's not.

If you're looking for an adventure story, Flight School is not it. If you're looking for something to keep you on the edge of your seat, Flight School is not it. Honestly, there's not much of an actual antagonist, mostly just contagonists. But if you're looking for a story about young adults trying to figure out what to do with their lives, a story about aspiring filmmakers, a story about a family trying to live a Christian life and encourage their neighbors to do the same, then Flight School is the book for you.

I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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