Rory Harrison’s novel about identity, home, and fresh starts recounts one boy’s quest to discover a world where he can thrive, one adventure at a time.
Dylan doesn’t have a lot of experience with comfort. His room in the falling-down Village Estates can generously be categorized as squalid, and he sure isn’t getting any love from his mother, who seemed to enjoy the perks that went along with being the parent of a ‘cancer kid’.
His only escape has been in the form of his favourite video game and the one true friend who makes him feel understood, even if it is just online: Arden. And now that Dylan is suddenly in remission, he wants to take Arden on a real mission, one he never thought he’d live to set out on: a journey to a mysterious ship in the middle of the Salton Sea.
But Arden is fighting her own battles, ones that Dylan can’t always help her win. As they navigate their way west, they grapple with Arden's father (who refuses to recognize his daughter’s true gender), Dylan’s addiction, and the messy, complicated romance fighting so hard to blossom through the cracks of their battle-hardened hearts.
“Harrison’s writing is often lovely as she portrays Dylan’s kaleidoscopic emotions ... Dylan’s first-person narrative is deeply introspective and intense.” - Booklist