Ryan G. Van Cleave
|Release Date: 3/2011|
Available on Amazon's "New Releases"
Ryan Van Cleave’s novel, Unlocked, is an untarnished insight into the minds of young adolescents as they enter high school. Written in prose, the story instantly catapults you into Andy’s lonely life as a high school freshman. The plot moves quickly in the novel. As you read, you can’t keep your mind from drifting to scenes from the nightly news, depicting the violence associated with the numerous school shootings we have experienced.
There are several “layers” that could be applied to the characters in the novel. On the surface it’s a simple story of “doing the right thing.” As you dig deeper, however, you start to notice other subtle elements. The story then becomes one of dealing with grief caused by the loss of a family member in war. Or, the story of a lonely son seeking his father’s approval. Ryan Van Cleave did a splendid job of giving the reader insight into a lonely teenage boy’s mind, and showing us the struggle between choosing to do what is right or keeping your only friend.