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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Story of my Life by Josh Resinger is the exceptional story of discovering yourself even when the odds are stacked high against you. Derek doesn’t know anything beyond life in the Colony. After the world was ravaged by a deadly disease called Contagion, some people sought shelter in the Colony, some stayed behind (Roamers), and some made their homes in the forest (Outsiders). However, Derek’s world came crashing down when his father gave him a book, told him not to let anyone see it, and run. So, Derek ran away from the Colony and took refuge in an abandoned house. Upon reading the book, Derek finds that it tells his story and it is his destiny to come face to face with the Outsiders. But they are dangerous, aren’t they? Stuck and with nowhere to go, will Derek follow his destiny as told in the book or will he create his own destiny?
The Story of my Life by Josh Resinger is fantastic and so much more than a dystopian story. When we think about a dystopian world, we think of Hunger Games and Animal Farm and hope that it's far away in the future. But what about now? What about our current reality? This story is scarily accurate for our time and what we are going through at the moment. Derek is the perfect protagonist for the story because he can be any one of us. It could be me, you, or a young child across the street. The twists and turns the author brought to the story were surprising and incredibly well-paced. The narrative backs the story up, allows the reader to get lost in Derek’s progress, and hopes that he chooses to make his destiny. I hated Nolan Henderson, but I could understand the reasoning behind what he did. But Derek was the real hero through and through. This page-turner is a must-read!