Gateway to Vallis

World of Vallis, Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
459 Pages
Reviewed on 07/21/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Gateway to Vallis: World of Vallis, Book 1 by Susan Wee is a captivating and thought-provoking tale that explores themes of identity, destiny, and the pursuit of dreams. Readers are pulled into the world of Reuben Tadesse, a young man with a passion for learning and a determination to better himself despite the racial prejudice he faces in his community. The narrative opens with a poignant letter from Reuben to his deceased mother, then takes a dramatic turn when there is an incident that sets off a series of other events that change the trajectory of his life. Reuben's dreams are shattered, prompting him to make a daring decision to explore a mysterious portal he discovered years ago. The story heightens as his indomitable spirit sends him on a quest fraught with risks.

Susan Wee’s Gateway to Vallis takes on an enchanting and imaginative quality. With great skill, a vivid picture of this alternate world is painted, complete with unique landscapes and intriguing flora and fauna. Reuben's determination to document his experiences and study the phenomenon of the portal adds intellectual depth to his character. The relationship between Reuben and his best friend Oliver is heartwarming, and Oliver's unwavering support and loyalty add depth to the account. Throughout the novel, Reuben's character development is central to the impact of the story. His resilience, intelligence, and unwavering pursuit of knowledge make him a relatable and admirable protagonist. As he faces new challenges and encounters diverse civilizations, readers are taken on a thrilling journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Wee’s eloquent prose and imaginative storytelling make this an engrossing tale that will leave readers contemplating their dreams and the boundaries they are willing to push. It is a masterfully crafted narrative that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

Lois Sykora

Sounds like a great read Sue