In Defiance of Destiny

Fiction - Drama
569 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Justin: In Defiance of Destiny is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and adventure genres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and contains some mild sexual references. Penned by author Ann Lynn Richards, readers are invited into an immersive and character-driven tale that chronicles Justin's journey as he discovers his power to enact good for all. However, as he embarks on this noble pursuit, his decisions often lead to unexpected consequences, challenging his initial beliefs and raising questions about the true role of life in the vast expanse of the universe.

Author Ann Lynn Richards has crafted a thought-provoking novel that delves deep into existential themes, presenting a protagonist grappling with the complexities of his newfound power and its repercussions. As Justin's decisions backfire, the novel prompts readers to contemplate the nature of existence and the thin line between sanity and madness, and the narrative flow keeps these concepts richly rounded out and well-considered at a steady pace. The speech and thought presentation around Justin offer a lot of insight and allow readers to unpick his psychological and emotional state without ever being spoon-fed, and I enjoyed seeing him grow and discover new revelations alongside him thanks to the close narrative style. Richards' exploration of philosophical quandaries, intertwined with Justin's deeply personal struggles, is sure to captivate any reader seeking a meaningful and thought-provoking drama. Overall, Justin is a tale of one man's personal journey and a profound meditation on the human condition that I would certainly recommend.