Young adults, known to publishing groups as YA readers, are in for a great read with Eric Laster’s new book “#Static”. Eric Laster is known for his books for the middle teen years, and now ventures into the area of novels for young adults. “#Static” has all of the elements of real life with its family situations, bullies, and the death of a sibling that its main character Curtis encounters in the story. Curtis also experiences the effects of his ADD medication. All of these elements are familiar to today’s older teens who make up the young adult readers. The element of mystery surrounding the death of his brother that appears to be a murder adds to the appeal of this new book.
Laster creates the mystery when Curtis receives a telephone call from his deceased brother a week after the funeral. Curtis is convinced that his brother is reaching out as his sibling to help solve the mystery, even though his brother says that he was not murdered. Laster also implements an element of satire with his descriptions of Walmart as an “Aftermart” where his deceased brother describes all of the outdated technology. Today’s young adults will relate to this idea in that they struggle to keep up with technology and the constant upgrades that they feel are “must-haves”. Complicated relationships with divorced parents and bullies at school are also familiar to today’s young adults.
Curtis develops a plan to find his brother’s killer and encounters feelings about life and death that he never had before his brother’s death. His story concludes with ideas about God, angels, devils, and the supernatural that he never had before his brother’s death. Curtis realizes that he has matured through the years after his brother’s death in ways that he never would have imagined. He learns that his deceased brother will always be with him.
“#Static” is an engaging and creative story that will have young adults thinking about their own lives and all of the events that they might encounter through the late teen years as they grow into adults. This book is recommended for ages 13-17. It was published by Automatic Publishers, and has an ISBN of 978-0-9912729-3-8.