The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching
When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.
Third Edition: January 16, 2012
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The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers Series) is an amazing novel that I sorry it took me so long to read but I’m happy than it did. It believably blends religion, mystic, and faith into a hero’s origin story that is engrossing. I put it down once when nature called and I really didn’t want to stop then.
You root for the lead that is fallible in character, yet is redeemable. This character struggles with his destiny and faith, which I think most people struggle with at some point in their lives. This struggle is what made these characters believable in this young adult novel. It’s part of the issues that young adults face as they move into adulthood.
At the end of the eBook version there were questions for Book Club Discussion: “Are the prejudices of past generations more forgivable or understandable than those of today? For example, do you find it easier to gloss over a racial slur said by a grandparent than a peer? For me the racial slur in the book hurt me as much as the one my family calls me: An Oreo. I have a hard time forgiving grandparents than my peers.
My grandparents have been on this planet longer than me and have seen more than me. If I can follow a tenement of openness they should too. I don’t consider people my peer that would display such ignorance and bigotry.
Faith in something more than yourself that is a powerful message, wrapped in a young adult novel. It is universal and not just for young adults but for anyone that reads this novel. I can wait to read what G.P. Ching has in store in the next one in the series Weaving Destiny (Soulkeeprs 2).