The Prodigy (Book Review)

The Prodigy

The Prodigy by Alton Gansky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Prodigy is a well-written, fast-paced book. I was hooked by the end of the first page.

Its quickly moving plot certainly held my interest, but I think it was actually the controversial themes presented in The Prodigy that kept me reading. I appreciated how the topics of demonic influence in people’s lives and whether or not miracles still occur today were respectfully explored.

On a note of personal preference, I’d like to point out that The Prodigy has many subplots – something I’m not usually fond of. You see, I don’t like hopping from one story to another and trying to shift my brain over to where the author wants me to go. Surprisingly, however, I enjoyed the subplots in Alton Gansky’s novel. He did an excellent job of keeping the plot grounded at all times by his main character: the prodigy child. He also created characters I could care about, which meant that I liked the side characters equally as well as any of the others and wanted to discover where their stories would end up.

Although The Prodigy held my attention throughout, I must admit that I liked the first two-thirds of the novel best. It seemed to me that nearer to the end of the book, the author switched genres, so I felt like I was reading an action novel (which may not be a bad thing for another reader) instead of a thriller. Also, I generally like to read fiction books that stretch my thinking just a bit more than this one did; and the ending felt a little too “wrapped up” for me. For these reasons, I gave it four stars instead of five.



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