The Promise of the Gateway

Young Adult - Paranormal
399 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2020
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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.

Liz Konkel

The Promise of the Gateway by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira navigates the social injustices of the past through teenagers that find an opportunity to change their own pasts. Emily discovers a strange Gateway hidden behind her high school and when she goes through it, Emily enters a life where she's no longer the nerd. Not only does she change her status at school but the quarterback has completely fallen for her which leads her to draw him through the Gateway with her. Jake takes a step through and finds that he no longer has crunches or the debilitating injury that took him away from football. It's everything he wants and draws him in more and more through the Gateway. Emily has a plan to help him and get everything she wants, but neither of them expects the consequences that come from their trips through the Gateway - terrifying visions of social injustice from prominent moments throughout time.

The Gateway represents an opportunity to fix your own past by literally going back and making it the way you want it, which is the root of what each character has to face. Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira peg the question about consequences when changing the past. The use of the Gateway creates almost an addiction for the characters as once they taste the life they want, it makes them want to go through the Gateway more and more. The characters are each someone seeking something that is missing in their life or some aspect that needs fixing such as Jake's injury. These are what the Gateway promises to change for them. The story is leavened with commentary that Iuppa and Pesqueria weave through the experiences of the characters. The more the characters use the Gateway, the more visions they're faced with which includes social injustice moments from Vietnam, Salem, Bloody Sunday, and others. A poignant read with a poignant message, The Promise of the Gateway delivers insightful moments of social injustice that haunt the characters and begs the question if you can truly change the past.