The Boy in the Book

The Boy in the Book

How would you feel if someone told you what you saw as your life, in which you felt free to act, was in fact dictated by a story written in a book? Denial? Self justification? Panic? Certainly not acceptance. There’s a catch, though. To be able to break the bad news, the person would need to enter the story without being trapped by it. Plunging into a story and influencing it with her thoughts is what Bea discovers she can do when she tries to counter the antics of the boy in the book. You’d think such an ability would bring a heady rush at the taste of power, but for Bea it is alarming. Where does her influence stop? Stories are not limited to books, but weave their way through every aspect of daily life. Potentially, any wayward thought could change the course of events… To make things worse, her ability fans the greed of those for whom being all-powerful is the ultimate goal. What could be more powerful than controlling the stories people live?

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