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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Students traveling between the past and present try to undo a defining traumatic moment in one man's life in the intriguing young adult science-fiction novel, The Promise of the Gateway by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira. Emily is a brilliant pupil but can't seem to fit in with the other students at Green Mountain High. Despite his defects and shortcomings, Emily is enamored with Jake, the school's custodian, who is roughly eight years her senior. Jake was a football star for Green Mountain High and had prospects to play in a major league before he was tragically injured and crippled. When Emily stumbles onto a portal that opens to Green Mountain High, she discovers a world in which she fits. After traveling through the gate, Emily gains the confidence she is missing in her own world, and her life begins to change for the better. Determined to help Jake heal physically and emotionally, Emily shows him the portal and explains how they might be able to override his accident. However, Jake doesn't heed Emily's advice and tries to remake his history on his terms with undesired and bitter effects. Can Emily help Jake reconcile his past with his future before it is too late? Will he ever achieve the life he desires?
Exploring the concept of a parallel universe, The Promise of the Gateway by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira is a sensational science fiction novel. From the first page to the last, the plot brims with drama and suspense. With engaging characters and an eerily suspenseful storyline, it is hard to put the book down. Emily is a captivating and appealing character that, although wise beyond her years, is vulnerable and relatable. The paranormal aspects of the story are thought-provoking as well as entertaining. It is a phenomenal novel with unforgettable characters and a provocative plot, and I recommend it to young adults on up who love paranormal tales bathed in an eerie aura.