By Ben-Ami Eliahu
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
The story begins with Minister of Health Hadassa Samter
confidentially investigating the Body Cooling Phenomenon outbreak.
In the next chapter, readers meet tenth grader Omer Lemm in
the principal’s office, called to task for failing exams.
“The principal’s voice echoed through the office.
‘Aspire! You should aspire to be the best! To succeed! To
She fell silent. It seemed as though she wanted to continue,
but something made her change her mind and jot something down in her notebook.”
Instantaneously readers will connect to Omer. Together with his
classmate Noa, his teacher Joel Kramer, and Kramer’s former instructor,
Professor Peretez, Omer becomes the unlikely protagonist in this fantasy story
that speaks volumes about our world with its conflicting good and evil.
The author constructs the story on many levels, with
excellent characterizations, realistic dialogue, and a plot that holds credible
as it explores a different dimensional world. The writing style is both
exploratory and poetic, adding so much to reader enjoyment.
Readers will find themselves alongside Omer caring about
him, worrying about him, as they root for him every step of the way until the story’s
conclusion. This book expands readers’ imagination, bringing them along a
unique journey, while giving them much to ponder when they read the very last
words, making it one that will stay with them.