This is an uplifting story that follows a teacher, Alayne Adams, as she tries to help five students after the discovery of a suicide note. Through a series of life lessons, Alayne steers them onto a path that will change all their lives.
Plot: The Initiates is a polished, sharply observant, and philosophical novel about the growth that comes from knowledge, self-awareness, and under the guidance of a nurturing and conscientious educator.
Prose: Karis's prose is striking, layered, and poetic. The storytelling style is graceful, even, and displays the author's clear dedication to craft.
Originality: While readers may draw comparisons to other works of literature--notably, young adult novels that surround the topic of suicide--Karis's work stands apart through its literary sophistication and integration of philosophical ideas.
Character/Execution: Karis capably creates a cast of students whose actions, dialogue, and perceptions are authentic and moving. While the heroine may benefit from additional moral complexity, her devotion to her students and personal relationship struggles, are vividly conveyed.
Date Submitted: August 09, 2020