Autumn Mahal and Hank Basara know they should stay away from each other. Both recovering from the loss of a mutual friend, and each bearing scars of their own, they know their love would look like a worn cliché, a trite romance novel for teens, some crappy made-for-TV movie languishing on your great aunt’s DVR. But as summer gives way to September and flirtation gives way to something deeper, they learn there are some types of love you cannot run from, no matter how hard you try to flee.
Hilarious, touching and hopeful, Autumn Rising is a novella about the happiness we ruin for ourselves, the truths we can’t hide with a filter, and that elusive and victorious moment when we let love rush in and carry us to the sky. In a world of constant TMI, prepare to feel a story worth sharing – a story that will stay with you long after the summer fades to autumn.
There are some books out there that you wish you could gift to every person you know just so they can experience the pure brilliance of them. They give you hope, make you change your thinking about life, love and living. That was how I felt after reading The Summer Remains by Seth King. So when I had the opportunity to read his new novella, Autumn Rising, I pushed everything aside and dove in immediately. I am thrilled to say that Seth has blown me away once again.
Autumn Rising is the story of Autumn, Summer’s best friend, and Hank, another member of Summer’s group—an unlikely pair, yet a perfect match in my eyes. She has cancer and Hank suffered a life-changing injury during the war.
“And then it occurred to Autumn just how close it could bring two people, to have loved the same person.”
They turn to each other in grief, hoping that with the other’s help, they will heal somehow.
“When you find someone who understands your pain, who looks into your eyes and sees what you are feeling, you don’t have to say anything. They know.”
But how do you survive loss? How do you mend your heart? How do you move on when someone so significant is no longer part of your life. The dark hole is so close, you have no idea how it just doesn’t swallow you and keep you captive. Yes there are days where you may see a little bit of light, but then it’s back and you have no idea how to work your way out. Autumn and Hank are each other’s light, each other’s strength, but is that enough? Maybe the blackness just too deep and too vast that it’s just impossible to escape. Maybe there is no hope.
Seth has a gift. His words are like pure magic, making you feel like you are one with the characters. As if you’re there experiencing every moment with them. He blends the perfect amount of humor, sadness and angst. Just when you think your heart is going to explode out of your chest, he takes a turn and gives you hope.
I think there is a lot to say about hope in books. The word is a very scary place. It’s often hard to have hope in humanity, when everywhere you turn there is chaos. You need an escape. A place you can go where you can completely turn your mind over to another time and place. Seth gives you that gift. He bundles it up in a beautiful package with a gorgeous cover and you are lost to the words within.
And in Seth’s words:
“yes, this, THIS is the world I’ve been waiting for… the book that jumped out at you and simply made you want to live a better life and be a better human; the book that landed uncomfortably close to a basic human truth that you didn’t want to admit to yourself and made you sputter and reread an entire paragraph. The one that made you say, “Yes, this is a thing that is true, a thing that has never been said before, not like this.” Books were friends. Books were there for you. Books were love, forever.”
And there you have it. No truer words have ever been spoken. This is why you NEED a Seth King book in your life.
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About Seth King
Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author and artist.