The Protocols of Ambiguity

Young Adult - Coming of Age
270 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Protocols of Ambiguity by author B.B. Jacobson is a philosophical and partly autobiographical coming of age story centered on a young adult character. The central plot focuses on a young boy, known as ‘the boy’, receiving a gift from God, one which promises to lead him to the truth some day. But from that point on, life gets worse and worse as the boy grows into a teen and beyond, and he suffers terrible abuse that eventually results in him withdrawing into his mind to consider the most important questions of truth, God and the universe. The novel hangs on the suspense of whether the boy will be able to realize his calling beyond his terrible life situation.

I’d like to begin by saying that although this book is categorized as a young adult novel, its audience reach is much farther. The Protocols of Ambiguity features a young protagonist, but that character is used to convey a much wider and deeper philosophical message best suited to adult fans of literary fiction and philosophical works. B.B. Jacobson writes extremely well. I particularly loved how the dialogue of the church folks lifted me off the page and into the story right from the start.

The issues discussed and the life that the central character lives are highly emotive topics that require careful consideration, and B.B. Jacobson handles them beautifully to deliver a message of hope and truth in spite of the painful realities of everyday life. Overall, I’d certainly recommend The Protocols of Ambiguity to fans of literary fiction who are looking for a powerful read.