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‘His Name was Wren’ is a coming of age story aimed at young adults, but one I feel could be enjoyed by a much wider audience. The plot takes in a small English Town called Hurstwick in WWII and modern day. In 1944 during a WWII blackout the church spire and nearby woods are destroyed and damaged, but was it a Nazi attack or something else? The answer is uncovered by one young resident and tries to keep it a secret. Years later, in 2018, Max Cannon moves to Hurstwick and learns about the town’s mysterious past. I liked both the historic and the modern timelines, and I found that they fit together well.
I found ‘His Name Was Wren’ to be very well written and I related easily into this story. “Max could count the number of friends he had on one hand, and that hand was a fist” Was a particular line that I found quite interesting, the author has a way of cleverly conveying information to the reader without needing to be explicit or getting bogged down in exposition.
The story allows the reader to follow Max landing in a strange new land and finding new friends almost as a parallel to the first contact and meeting of Wren. There are twists and turns in the plot and lots of action to keep the reader engaged. An interesting story that can be enjoyed in a day or so.
During the blackout of 1944, in the small English town of Hurstwick, something mysterious obliterates the church spire and slices through the nearby woods. After a government cover-up, evacuee George Moss discovers the real cause of the destruction, becoming the first of a select few who, over the next seventy years, are entrusted with keeping the truth hidden.
Years later, Max Cannon moves to town and stumbles across the secret, triggering a chain of events that puts himself and his new friends in the middle of a deadly conflict…
His Name was Wren is a first-contact science fiction story. A story of friendship, family, and struggle spanning seven decades and a thousand light-years.
|Publication date:||6th February 2021|
|Publisher:||Black Cube Press|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|