Young Adult - Sci-Fi
265 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2021
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Author Biography

Raymond Bolton lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Toni, and their cats, Max and Arthur. He has written award-winning poetry and has published five novels.

His crossover epic fantasy/sci-fi quartet, The Ydron Saga, which consists of Awakening and it prequel trilogy, Thought Gazer, Foretellers and Triad, are published by WordFire Press, publisher of many bestselling and award-winning authors including Frank Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Alan Dean Foster, Mike Resnick, Brian Herbert, Tracy Hickman, and David Farland, as well as the Dune and Star Wars series.

His work has been endorsed by the late Mike Resnick, who says, "In AWAKENING, Raymond Bolton presents us with an intricate and interesting problem, characters you care for, aliens who -are- alien, and a carefully-thought-out future." International award-winning author of more than 80 books, Paul Kane, describes his work as, “Thoroughly imaginative, with an eloquent writing style and characters that live and breathe on the page.”

In addition to Readers Favorite’s review, Folder has received the following author endorsements:

“A wild young-adult alternate-worlds adventure that will leave you guessing right up to the end! Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials will love this!”
~ D. J. Butler, author of Witchy Eye

“A big, engaging ride across our infinite possibilities - and our choice to be heroes.”
~ Anthony Dobranski, author of The Demon in Business Class

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Folder is a young adult sci-fi novel written by Raymond Bolton. Recently graduated from high school, Eric Folder joins the Portland State University, taking physics as a major. As his family members acclimatize themselves to their new home in Portland, Eric ventures out to explore the city. However, an encounter with some thugs in an alley leaves Eric with a head injury that grants him the ability to change reality and possess the consciousness of another Eric from an alternate reality. Initially circumspect of his abilities, Eric soon starts switching realities to find the perfect one, only to find himself in a pre-industrial America. Eric's only hope now is to find people with similar abilities and get his life back on track. Can he get back to where he started?

Folder is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure novel that gives you a lot to ponder. With a unique premise, author Raymond Bolton explores the consequences of one's choices and actions on their surroundings and their impact on their reality. Eric is a compelling protagonist, and his changing relationship dynamics with his friends and family in alternate realities felt captivating. I particularly enjoyed his relationship with Erin throughout the parallel worlds. The plot moves at a fast pace, taking twists and turns that you never see coming. The climax ties together the plot threads in a satisfying manner. Overall, I enjoyed Folder. I will recommend it to readers who enjoy young adult sci-fi adventure books with a uniquely original premise.