Published by Mira on September 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Magical Realism, Romance
From critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott comes a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles.
On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. But now the whole world knows, and suddenly Ava is thrust into the spotlight. People from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to glimpse the wonder of a miracle. But Ava's unusual ability comes at a great cost, her own health, and as she grows weaker with each healing, Ava begins searching for an escape. Wash agrees to help Ava, but little does she know he has his own secret he's been harboring, and soon Ava finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to save the one she loves most.
The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott is set in a small town of Stone Temple. Like most small towns everyone knows everyone else, and they generally spend their entire lives there without any need or want to go anyplace else. Things begin to change for this little town when during an airplane stunt show, one of the airplane crashes and almost kills Ava Campbell’s best friend Wash. The reason Wash does not die, is because Ava has a special ability that allows her to heal people.
The news starts getting out about “The Miracle Child” and soon the town is flooded with all sorts of people who want a little piece of Ava. From reports, churches, doctors and people seeking to be cured or to have their loved ones cured Ava is in high demand. The catch is that every time thirteen year old Ava heals someone, she becomes weaker.
Ava’s father is the sheriff of the town and he is struggling with potentially using his daughter’s gift to better their family’s life. Ava is also struggling with how much she should say about what the costs of using her power means. She feels guilty because she can only do so much, without completely destroying herself in the process. Does she “have” to help others? What about just for her family? What gives people the right to “expect” you to help them just because they think you owe it to them? Should she sacrifice herself? Is she being selfish if she chooses to not save/heal someone so that she can stay alive and healthy?
I think Jason Mott has a beautiful story here, it is well written and the depictions of the town, the people and the surroundings pull you right into the story. I enjoyed reading this book, it was very poetic in places though I felt it seemed a bit rushed as things came to an end. In the end though, I am still thinking fondly of Ava and Wash and about all the questions that were raised in this book, and how I would handle them if I were ever in a similar situation.
**This review was originally posted on Reading In The Tardis**