What would you do if you were paralyzed from the tip of your head all the way down to your toes? What if your doctor says you are brain dead, yet you hear and understand everything he says? This is the foundation of the story, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace by Johan Twiss. At first, this story did not turn out the way I had expected. But that soon became unimportant, because I was enthralled with what I was reading.
In spite of the very serious nature of the premise, this is really a book that takes a flight of fantasy in its execution. A twelve-year-old boy, Aaron, becomes paralyzed after being exposed to a rare virus which paralyzes him from head to toe. Very few people know he is even aware of his surroundings, which are bleak, and the activity around him. He recognizes his nurses, parents and doctors by their smells as they approach his bed. The story picks up two years into his “incarceration”, as he calls it, in a nursing home for acute care. By this time he has coped by creating a mind palace where he retreats regularly to act out actions and adventures his mind creates. This is where the story takes an unexpected twist. He gains a roommate.
Solomon Felsher was a senior citizen with episodes of dementia. But when this former jazz player slipped into those dementia dreams, Aaron was mysteriously pulled into them and he experienced those events along with a much younger Solomon. It’s the variety and action in these events, based on true events in history during Solomon’s lifetime, that makes this such an interesting book to read.
My guess is that the target audience would be young people, perhaps young teens; especially for boys. But the way the book is written, with a touch of fantasy and possibly even a bit of steampunk, it is universally appealing. I know I really enjoyed reading it. I don’t recall ever reading anything even remotely like this story. I give the author an A for creativity. It was fascinating.
Once I got involved in the plot, I found it difficult to put the book down. The variety of events was intriguing. There are other dynamics that makes this book interesting. A change in Aaron is inevitable, but have no worries. It’s all for the good, and there is actually a happy ending for the book.
I realize this book does not have a Christian theme, which is usually what I place on this blog. But it was such a good book, actually a great piece of literature, that I wanted to share this with my friends. And there were lessons in this story that are consistent with the Bible whether it claims to or not. I love a variety of genres, and this one, a variety of fantasy, historical fiction, and possibly steampunk, just fits the type of book I love to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Now go tell a friend about it.
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