No One Dies in the Garden of Syn
by Michael Seidelman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Synthia (Syn) Wade is a teenage girl who struggles with cystic fibrosis, an incurable life-threatening disease. One day she is pushed into a pond by an unseen figure and wakes up in a new world – a mysterious garden where illness and death don’t exist.
Welcomed by the garden’s residents and now free of her symptoms, Syn decides to stay. But, before long, she realizes that this apparent utopia holds many dangers and dark secrets.
Surrounding the garden is a fog that Syn is warned never to enter. She encounters bizarre creatures that defy reason. And always lurking in the shadows is a masked woman – a woman who may have a connection to the disappearance of Syn’s parents many years ago. A woman whom no one will speak of, but whom everyone fears.
While No One Dies in the Garden of Syn, Syn will soon discover that some fates are worse than death.
This was an interesting read, though somewhere along the story I got a little bit lost. The subject is easy to follow and the main character is quite well built, but I believe the ending was a little forced.
Syn is prepared for death at a young age. Being diagnosed with a sickness that only allows her to enjoy part of her young years, she was emotionally ready to face it. Trying to lead a normal life has proven to be difficult because of it, having to always be careful about her alimentation, her pills and treatments.
Once she discovers the garden hidden bellow the well, things get truly mysterious. People that still have their body young, even if the appearance aged, strange mix between animal DNA and human, not to mention the strange house with the strange woman prove to be the main attraction of this new universe. Syn will soon uncover who the responsible persons are and will try her best to get home.
I did like the subject since the idea of multiple universes is appealing to me. I did not like however how the author chose to continue the story. It’s a little forced from my point of view. Since traveling back and forth between the two worlds is more a question of luck than science at this point in the story, I’m very intrigued to see how it all happens for the next book in the series. For the moment, I’m giving 4 of my starts and hope you enjoy it too.
About the Author
My name is Michael Seidelman. I was born in Vancouver, BC Canada where I continue to reside. When I was growing up, my passions were reading, watching movies, nature and creative writing. Not much has changed since then. In high school when I had an opportunity to write short stories in class, I relished reading them out loud to my classmates who would gasp at the unexpected twists and applaud when I was done. I took several creative writing classes and have continued writing over the years while working in Interactive Marketing.
About two years ago, I decided to take some time off to focus on my writing and work on a Young Adult trilogy. The first book in The Garden of Syn series – No One Dies in the Garden of Syn – will be released on April 26th. Meanwhile, I am working hard on the second and third books in the series.
Getting up every morning and sitting down to create new characters and bring new worlds to life is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. Beyond the trilogy, I have many ideas plotted out and I look forward to sharing them all with the world!