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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Supraphysica by Drew Boudreaux is a story of faith, loss, and new beginnings. Philip's life changes when he finds faith and is approached by the angel Gabriel, who offers him a chance to build a new world with a team. At first he's skeptical but when he receives angelic proof, he agrees to participate though his decision comes at a price. While he's away, his loved ones won't be able to remember who he is and, when he returns, the memories will be altered to having included him. In his new mission, he's partnered with the lovely Encar and their budding relationship sends him on a surprising path to happiness and faith, but bad news from home could change everything. Torn between his love for his family and his faith, Philip finds himself at a crossroads.
Philip is new to faith and the last thing he expected was to meet an angel who gives him a chance to create a new world. Drew Boudreaux delves into a lovely telling of Genesis in a modern setting as this team is divided into six days with each taking a job of creation. The imagery of the new world is wondrous and takes on the impossible, making it not only possible but extraordinary. Encar is a prominent character throughout whose journey is overcoming her issues with trust and the grief over losing her mother. Through friendship and understanding, she lets down a wall and takes a chance at trusting Philip, which results in a sweet romance. Philip is easy to relate to as someone who is new to faith and someone who is still trying to understand what faith is. Throughout his journey, he learns he's not the only one still trying to understand the bad in the world and still just trying to do the best he can. The loss of a loved one when Philip is away is heartbreaking and the emotion presented is genuinely written.
Boudreaux weaves together the story lines of various characters, connecting them through unexpected ways and using their stories to explore faith and grief. Encar's dad, Roberto, has a surprising connection to Philip's parents' - Ellie and Aaron - and his connection ends up helping the two deal with their grief. Roberto has been at a loss since his wife's death and is weighed down by the grief of it, so his journey consists of him trying to find his way again, trying to discover how to start over. Aaron and Ellie have marital problems which is mainly seen in his lack of support for her fundraisers and this leads up to a dire consequence. Even though their parents don't remember them, the absence of Philip and Encar is felt. Supraphysica explores themes of faith, loss, trust, and grief in a tale of angels and creation, and through an emotional journey filled with romance, action, and humor.