The One Apart

A Novel

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
626 Pages
Reviewed on 10/25/2017
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

In The One Apart: A Novel, Justine Avery introduces readers to Tres, an ageless adult who is reborn as a baby to a teenage mother. Here begins the mystery because, young as he is, he has the intelligence and wisdom of an old man. Yet, he has to deal with two serious problems — figure out who he really is and his mission, and bear the pain of not living an ordinary life. And as if his predicament weren’t enough cause for pain, he is a hunted man, hunted by an evil that is about to destroy the world. No one seems to know about it, but he does, and only he can stop it. Can a young mother help him get the protection he needs and the strength required to fight such an evil? It’s for the reader to find out.

First off, I must say that I was taken by the originality of the concept of the story and the plot is like nothing I have read anywhere. I enjoyed the bond between the young mother and her ageless little baby and from the moment I met the characters, I became very keen on discovering what their fate would be. Justine Avery breaks the laws of nature and lifts a veil, revealing a world that readers will become immediately curious to discover, a world of strange possibilities. From the deft treatment of the conflict to the sophisticated plot, to the masterful thematic development, The One Apart: A Novel reveals the work of a conscientious and gifted writer. Great plot, wonderful pacing, and memorable characters! You’ll feel a strange familiarity with the characters and will want to be part of their world.

Rabia Tanveer

The One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery is a very creative, interesting and dynamic story of a man named Tres. He is born again and again without knowing what the actual purpose of his life is. He is an adult man who has to be trapped in the body of a baby, an infant and so on, before he can actually live his life. He has to start again and again without even knowing what he should do, and if he can stop at all. In this life, he is born to a teenager who knows right from the beginning that Tres is unlike any other baby.

However, no matter how much she loves him and takes care of him, she cannot help him. The only person who can help Tres is himself. He is the only one who has the power to question his existence, his rebirths and his nature. But when he comes close to finding all the answers, he discovers that the truth is more complex and dangerous than he could ever have imagined. There is something that is after him from the time he was born, and there is nothing that he can do to stop it. Or can he?

This novel had my heart racing. I literally became one with Tres; I felt what he felt and understood what he wanted. The element of mystery is very strong and very well handled by the author. Tres’s growth is exponential, in fact, everything is well timed and according to a set pattern that only the author knows. The reader keeps on guessing and being surprised at what the author comes up with. I was on the edge of my seat and enjoying every single moment! Gorgeous cover and amazingly well written.

Divine Zape

The One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery blends together elements of urban fantasy with the supernatural in an exciting story. Tres is coming back to life again, an ageless man trapped in the body of a frail little baby, born to a teenage girl. Together, mother and child must face many challenges to protect him from the nefarious power that has been stalking him since birth, and that poses a great threat to the world as it is. Follow this mysterious character as he embarks on a journey to uncover his identity and to save the world from peril.

There is much to enjoy in The One Apart and the concept behind the story is original and intriguing. An ageless adult, who barely understands his origins, reborn into a world that isn’t as welcoming as should be for any normal human being, Tres is an enigmatic character that readers will love to follow. Justine Avery’s treatment of themes is masterful, exploring the concepts of mortality and eternity, developing a powerful psychological conflict that draws the reader irresistibly into the world of the protagonist. The story is told in excellent prose and a gripping narrative voice. It is one thing to have a great idea for a story, but executing that idea is a whole different game. However, the author of The One Apart demonstrates great mastery, creating worlds that readers will love to explore. Good pacing, a complex plot, and sophisticated characters are things you’ll find in this enjoyable tale.