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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
The first line of this novel grabs your attention: “The year is 2066….Today I’m going to kill the love of my life.” It is Alexandra Martin’s sixty-third birthday, and she has the gun and a plan. Alex has always been a mathematical whiz, and she reminisces about her middle school years, when she had to find a sport to be considered for an elite high school. She joined the track team, working hard to eventually find success. Alex was also occupied with three boys in her class – Xavier, Andrew and Vitali. Her widowed father and Uncle Carl provided support and needed encouragement. Author David Pereda has written a fascinating, engaging fictional work in Freaking Fast. Through building a foundation of adolescent relationships, to fast-forwarding fifty years later, with the culmination of Alex’s decision to kill someone, this is an unique adventure thriller story.
The main plot in this book is unlike any other, truly one of a kind. Additionally, the writing flows easily, and it is rich in detail. The author depicts teenage angst in 2016 well, and his description of life in 2066 is interesting and thought-provoking. The range of characters is certainly diverse, and each one is developed well. There are several characters – such as the family from Mississippi, Alex’s father, Uncle Carl – that add an element of mystery and adventure to the plot. The final chapters of Freaking Fast by David Pereda are full of surprising twists and turns. This is a creative and intelligent read!