Book Description: John, a twelve-year-old boy, travels into a place where he will battle his father (the beast) and rescue Marney, his younger sister, and in the process save the Land from its own demise. John's journey to find his sister and seek ultimate revenge on his abusive father will lead you into a wonderland that happens to also be experiencing the abuses of greed and tyranny, yet on a much grander scale. He and his mother find themselves embroiled in a civil war that threatens both the Land and the World. John's harrowing struggle will embrace the child within you, while challenging the philosophical and spiritual unknowns of those who have Goneaway. Yet, for all of its upheaval, Goneaway into the Land, will leave you with a feeling of hope, and a yearning for more.
My Thoughts: I was not sure if I was going to like this book - it is not typically the type of book I read. I must say that I was really surprised it is a combination of fantasy and real life and I loved it, it kept my interest from the first page. I love how Mr. Allen weaved the real story and the fantasy story together. I think the characters are very well developed and I felt the emotions that they felt. Not until the end do you understand what really happened to this family and I for one can't wait for the Mr Allen's next novel. This is a book that you will be thinking about for days after you read it. I don't think there are many people that would not enjoy this book. I think it is suitable for older teens and adults.