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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
East: Vince Osbourne Series Book 1 by Peri Hoskins is a literary road trip. An actual journey and a metaphorical one. I related to the protagonist Vince so much because when I was thirty I felt a lot like he does at that age. It’s a kind of angst, caused in part by simply growing older, but intensified when you feel you don’t have a purpose, or think maybe you missed it. One way to alleviate this feeling is to change your life. One of the most time-tested ways to do that is to move. Quit your job, pack up what you need and can’t live without, and just go. That is what Vince does and it is an interesting and introspective journey indeed. To be honest, I am more of a traditional story type of guy. I’m usually looking for a grand adventure to take me out of my ordinary world, not deep introspection that will make me think about it more. Having said that, I need to read real literature sometimes. I need to look inward sometimes, and I am relieved that I can still appreciate novels like East.
The writing is superb. Maybe that is what I should have said first about East. The writing itself propels you forward. There is no simple plot that, no matter how well executed, you recognize as a plot. The only plot Peri Hoskins uses in East is life itself. That is how East reads. That is how East feels. Life itself. If there is any writer that Hoskins reminds me of it would be John Steinbeck. But instead of Northern California and the Salinas Valley, we get to explore Australia and New Zealand. Places I want to visit for a lot of reasons. I feel I have a sense of what life might be like for some people there now, and it will be interesting to see if I am right or wrong. At any rate, East has convinced me it will certainly be worth the journey.