I'm the author of the ASHFALL three-and-a-half-ology: ASHFALL, ASHEN WINTER, SUNRISE, and DARLA'S STORY.
Great books challenge their readers. They take us into a dark place, and then they shine a light that changes both the protagonist and the reader. As I absorbed the story of Mike, the main character of The Deepest Blue, I found myself reassessing my view of what constitutes a family and reaffirming my belief in the indomitability of the human spirit. I gasped as Mike's life was ripped apart by tragedy, an indifferent legal system, and a mentally ill mother, and I cheered as he fought to put the pieces back together. Author Kim Williams Justensen has written a worthy addition to the cannon of young adult coming-of-age novels.