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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Shelf Life: The Book of Better Endings by Rob Gregson finds Cathy Finn having the worst day of her life. Finn’s life is not what she would call exciting. Her sister’s life is far more thrilling and interesting. That quickly changes when she gets shot by an assassin which leads to a startling discovery. Her life has been nothing more than fiction. To shake up her world even further, she learns that she wasn’t even the main character. Just a supporting player in someone else’s story. Her life before has drastically ended while her new one in New Tybet has only just begun, giving her a whole new set of problems. The people of New Tybet have an important job: to rescue those meant to die. But someone is attempting to sabotage everything that New Tybet stands for and as Finn is drawn into the middle, she’s torn between a revolution and a way home.
Rob Gregson brings works of fiction to life in this unique adventure. Finn’s life is what you would call mundane, until an assassin appears in Finn’s life and shoots her - then everything she knows is flipped upside down. Gregson delivers a unique story with a meta flair that takes place within the world of fiction as these characters all belong in various narratives. Finn is a delightful character and drives the story forward with a personality that’s the furthest thing from mundane. The story is fun and delves into engaging concepts that make you think differently about stories as Gregson comments on unfinished narratives and even the question of if bad guys are really bad guys or simply pawns that are doing their authors’ biddings. Shelf Life is a fun and unique read that is perfect for those who love fantasy, adventure, and quirky concepts.