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Advent by Krishan Coupland


Ten-year-old Luke has always idolised his mother. She is strong and defiant and unafraid. She never lies to him, even about the things that matter. She couldn’t be more different from his soft and doting foster family.

When his mother arrives unexpectedly at his bedroom window one winter night, Luke doesn’t hesitate. He joins her, and together they run away on what he hopes will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Note: Advent contains some harsh language.

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Listed: Mar 14, 2018


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A Dark Christmas Treat, Even Three Months Late

By Wizard of Woah!, author of The New Humans

Mar 21, 2018: It’s a shame that the approval process for this site often takes so long, because this was a great Christmas offering.

"Advent" is the story of Luke, a young boy in long term foster care, who awakes one night (December 5th, to be precise) to find his mother at his bedroom window, ready to whisk him away from his foster parents in what he thinks will be a grand adventure.

"Advent" was actually hard read for me in places, but not because of any deficiency on the author’s part. The story is narrated by Luke directly, and he never comes across as either too adult or too childish for a ten year old. Fittingly, the language used is simple, but very evocative. Luke’s emotions are as you would expect from a boy his age—intense and not really leaving much room for nuance. And yet even at his most "brattiest", I never found myself becoming exasperated or annoyed with his character, like I do with a lot of troubled children in fiction. Mostly I just felt deeply sad for him.

What does make this story hard for me is in fact a testament to the author. There’s this deep sense of dread that permeates the whole story. I’m more partial to third person narrators myself, but here the limited perspective only heightens the tension. Because I’m a complete wuss, I actually had to skip ahead to the end to see how everything turned out.

In summary, a short but punchy work of suspense and drama.

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