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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Inhabitant by Charles Crittenden is a unique story-telling collection of poetry that focuses on the Inhabitant and the journey to find a new home. The Inhabitant floats past various planets that don’t want them or can’t sustain them. The Inhabitant wishes the unexpected expulsion from Earth was nothing more than a dream but this is a new reality and the Inhabitant is faced with regrets and a sincere wish to go back in time and change what could have been.
Charles Crittenden’s Inhabitant pulled me in with his interesting form of story-telling. The Inhabitant’s journey throughout the universe, searching for a place called home, was beautifully expressed in a series of poems that moved my heart. As I read through each chapter, I could feel the raw and heartfelt emotions of the Inhabitant. I felt as though I was the one in their shoes, traversing the universe, searching and hoping to find a new home despite encountering disappointments again and again. Reading this book reminds me of the way the earth is right now; we humans have not been very kind to it. I grow fearful of how, one day, we too would be like the Inhabitant, wandering about, lost and missing the home we should have cared for.
I feel that Inhabitant truly captures the feeling of homesickness and heartache; each poem has different forms depending on the Inhabitant’s emotions and current experience. When the Inhabitant falls, so do the words, creating this unique reading experience that carried me through the character’s stream of consciousness. If I close my eyes I can see myself floating endlessly among the stars, hoping to find a place to rest my weary body. Overall, the Inhabitant’s journey is long but the hope of finding a new place to belong to gives the story a bittersweet feeling that kept me reading until the end. Inhabitant is a special tale that tugged at my heartstrings and taught me to appreciate and care for the home I have now. Great job!