- ASIN: B0C7SFBZLB
- Publisher: Roaming Pig (February 29, 2024)
- Publication date: February 29, 2024
- Language: English
- Print length: 219 pages
- Genre: Christian Urban Fantasy Fiction
The BookViral Review:
Intelligently crafted and skilfully executed, ‘The Red Fox Ran’ is the tale of difference and similarity, and of love, respect and belonging.
Bay is new to the school. Quickly befriended by Abby and her companions Sasha and Felix, he finds himself living a dream he has held for a long time. Nevertheless, despite his joy in new-found friends and normality, Bay has a big secret…
Knight takes the time to develop her plot, underpinning a climactic unveiling with a plethora of well-placed clues, and building intense emotions between her protagonist, Bay, and his friends, in particular the diminutive Abby, with whom, against his better judgement, he is falling for in a big way. Pitching this delicate relationship just right, she shows a depth of understanding for all the angst and complications of teen relationships, and of the process of falling in love with the person inside, rather than a façade.
However, all is not as it seems. Behind the scenes, beautifully represented by vignettes which precede each chapter, Knight represents the internal conflict felt by Bay, as he faces a fight between his new life and the one he left behind-one which is steadily catching up with him-threatening not only his own safety, but that of the companions he has allowed into his world.
Do not see this, however, as purely a coming-of-age story. Bay must face a terrifying ordeal to have any chance of saving himself and those he holds dear.
Conceptually this book is excellent, moving from the slower-paced world of high school to a terrifying ‘hunger games’ style crescendo, where the crossover between human and animal is blurred, and once again humans seek to be the gods of this world, slyly manipulating the fates of those beneath them.
Above all, this is a book that makes you reflect upon the human condition, of the relationship between and the crossover between animal and anthropoid, and of the idea of a Creator.
Completely absorbing from beginning to end, this a superb book, ideal, but not only, for a young adult audience. It is a firm five-star read.