Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

Since his father died Jax has been living with his young guardian, Riley.  Jax was originally living with an older cousin but when Riley showed up claiming that Jax's dad wanted Jax to live with him, the cousin handed him over.  Jax feels like Riley doesn't care about him at all, they are always short on food, no one even noticed when he turned 13, and Riley's dirt bag friend hangs around the house.  Then on the Thursday after his birthday Jax wakes up to find all the power off and everyone missing.  The whole town is quiet and empty.  Feeling a little panicked and sure that some apocalypse has hit, Jax breaks into the Walmart to get some food.  When he wakes up the next day, though, everything is back to normal. The only odd thing is that everyone seems to think it is Thursday and no one noticed anything unusual about the previous day.  Turns out that Jax is a Transitioner - a person who gets an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday each week.  Jax's dad was one too which is why he has entrusted Jax to Riley for protection from other Transitioners who have some nefarious plans for the world.

Wow, a lot happens in this book!  I wasn't sure about it as I read and finished it but in reflection I think it has more to offer than I originally thought.  Sorting out the different factions in the magical world and what they each wanted got confusing for me but it comes down to some good guys and some bad guys so I don't know that it matters in the end.