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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Fitting into high school life is always a challenge. There are the sports stars like Chad who always seem so confident and popular. And then there are those kids who just try to get through each day as it comes and hope that they fit in, at least with their own little group of friends. Rand is one of these boys just trying to fit in. The mere thought of having a girlfriend might seem a bit far-fetched. So when the new girl in town, Debbie, takes a liking to Rand and asks him out, who is he to turn her down? But the things that happen next go way beyond weird, as a simple discussion about majins and magic makes Rand’s head spin, to say the least. And, even amongst majins, there is evil, an unspeakable evil.
Thomas J. Black’s young adult novel, The Majin Among Us, presents a fascinating tale of unbelievable and yet plausible coincidences. Told in first person from Rand’s perspective, through this story the reader gets a glimpse of the many odd coincidental thoughts that flitter through a teenage boy’s mind, from politics to religion to family and school. At first glance, the relevance may seem obscure, but perhaps on a deeper level there is a parallel significance. The reader never does find out. The story is almost journal-like in its presentation with smatterings of dialogue and action scenes. The story definitely has potential, as the characters are well developed and the action, when it does happen, is both exciting and sometimes humorous. An unusual read.