On the Path of Destruction

Fiction - Drama
209 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

On the Path of Destruction is a work of dramatic urban fiction written by author Roslyn Cox. Written for adults due to its explicit nature, the tale revolves around coming of age and exploring the world, and is the first in a series. This first episode looks at Antoinette, a young woman who feels cloistered by her early life and strong religious roots. Breaking away from the church community and against her family’s wishes, Antoinette sets out to live life to the fullest, whatever the consequences. When she does just that, however, she realizes the grass isn’t exactly greener on this side of life either, and a troubling secret from her past shows her why she was so cloistered to begin with.

Roslyn Cox writes well when giving a vision of the young adult life from an adult perspective. I feel like Antoinette's tale was very much a retrospective exploration of the desire for freedom, and the dark places where this novel dares to go will not be for the faint hearted, even though these are actually a realistic portrayal of the darker elements of life. Antoinette's dialogue moved from the timid to the naïve, and then later into a stronger, wiser voice of experience despite her struggles, and I thought that journey was displayed masterfully in Cox’s use of language. The first person narrative style also keeps us very close to Antoinette, making for a heightened emotional experience, and I’d therefore recommend On the Path of Destruction to readers seeking that deep emotional journey right beside a young person crying out for help.