YA Review – Vision – Contemporary Fiction

About the Book

Book:  Vision

Author: Hope Bolinger

Genre: YA Christian Suspense

Release date: August 9, 2021

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Rabbits for Food meets Waiting for Fitz meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

After Danny Belte ends up with a gunshot wound to the head, he’s shipped off to a local psychiatric center under the assumption he’d attempted to commit suicide. Knowing that he’d actually been killed by a fellow enemy at his high school, and a photographic memory to prove it, manages to keep him sane.

After meeting the fun and playfully rebellious members of his ward, he suspects that some underlying connection ties them all together. Haunted by revealing visions, he may have a shot at  discovering a conflict of interest and buying their ticket out of the ward.

But memories are dangerous things. He may just make as many enemies as friends at the ward who want his memories erased.

A modernized take on Daniel 7-12.

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My Review of Vision

Wow, what an ending to the trilogy. At times Vision is difficult to read, Danny faces some very challenging situations. Vision starts where Den leaves off. Hope Bolinger researched psychiatric wards in preparation for this book. Kings Academy and the psych ward portrayed in the book are examples of these institutions gone wrong. Fortunately there aren’t many institutions like this and in most cases those in charge do truly want the best for those in their care. I really appreciated Bolinger’s notes at the end of the book. 

There are characters in Vision who deal with anxiety, depression, and guilt. There may be triggers in the plot for those who also deal with these mental health situations. I think it is important for all to try to better understand mental health and how it affects each of us. Hope Bolinger gives us an inside look into it.

Throughout the trilogy, Bolinger has been using the Biblical book of Daniel as a basis for her story. Vision uses the vision of Daniel in chapters 7-12. Danny is helped to better understand some of the characters and is given some hope through the visions he has. We all need a better understanding of others and something that will give us hope.

Bolinger even ties a little bit of current events into the plot with the social distancing and mask wearing of the past year. People need to see themselves in books. We can all see ourselves in Vision because Bolinger includes these aspects of all of our recent lives. 

Vision and the other books in the Blaze series are appropriate for the high school section of a K-12 Christian school library.  

I received a complimentary copy of Vision. This is my honest review.

About the Author

Hope Bolinger is a content editor at Salem Media and a multi-published novelist. More than 1000 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com. She writes about 250-300 articles a year.

She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. She had four of her books traditionally published in the last three years (see below) She has 8-9 books scheduled to published between 2021-2023.

She has won awards for her essays, poetry, children’s books, novels, and plays. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on Instagram and Twitter @hopebolinger .

More from Hope

“The Book of Daniel? In a high school? Where on earth did you come up with an idea like that?”

I’ve gotten this question a number of times and the answer to it comes from an even stranger place than the concept itself … a college classroom.

We’d blitzed through the entire Old Testament in a semester for our Biblical Literature Class my freshmen year. The professor often accompanied each class for this Gen-Ed with a PowerPoint full of 70 or so slides we’d try to keep up with in our notes. Our hands would cramp from the sheer speed our pencils had to go across the paper.

One day, as she went over the Book of Daniel, something she said snapped me out of my 9 A.M. stupor. “Daniel, and his friends, would’ve been 14 or 15 years old when taken into the Babylonian captivity.”

This woke me up. I’d dropped my pen onto the paper and stared at the front of the atrium classroom for a few moments. Fourteen or fifteen? High-school aged?

I’d always pictured Daniel in his late thirties. Part of me blames VeggieTales and Larry the Cucumber’s rendition, which in no way could’ve been interpreted as a teenager’s voice. But the reality of the Old Testament story came crashing down on me right then and there.

Daniel had been evicted from his home through the Babylonian siege. He likely watched his friends and family members die at the hands of the Babylonians and the fires that scoured Jerusalem. Then he and the cream of the crop were herded to Babylon for a three-year education, where they tried to stamp anything Israelite out of him.

And yet, he trusts God. He continues to stand strong in his identity. As do Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—even when it meant certain death … as teenagers.

That got me thinking about culture now. And how so many Christian teens face problems and dilemmas we could’ve only dreamed about in our adolescent years. What would it look like to stick Daniel in a modern-day high school? I thought.

So that summer, I started to write the Blaze trilogy. I chopped the Book of Daniel into three parts, and showed a teenager standing strong in integrity and faith despite death threats, bullying, and peer pressure. It was the book I needed back in high school when confronted with hot-button issues, and I was so thankful to have that college professor guide me to learn more about the prophet Daniel in the Old Testament.

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deb’s Book Review, August 28

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 31

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 1

Mary Hake, September 1

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of each book in the trilogy!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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