Akio: A Short Story (Under Ground #.5) by Rachel Alice is part of the Under Ground series. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, I recommend you start. Although this is part of the Under Ground series, it can be read as a stand alone as in this story we get introduced to a new character. This book is a little different than the others in this series but you will enjoy the characters introduced. One of the things I enjoy about this author is her ability to write about so many different characters with so many different views. You will enjoy these characters as they take you on a roller coaster ride of various emotions that include compassion, anger and hope. Find out what happens to these characters as they start their journey of life and its struggles.
Akio is a young man who has lost his mother and lives with an alcoholic father. He lives during a time that the Deviant Law has been passed where his life changes for the worst. He is forced to hide his orientation but once he gets the courage to come out to one person that he trusts. Will he learn to regret his choice? What will happen when his father throws him out for being a devrient? Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways and fate may have other plans. What will his fate be? Will he ever trust again?
Akio is a strong character that really comes into his own by the end of the book. He feels that he will never recover and be with anyone again. He has had to grow up the hard way but I think that he is a better person for it. He has supporting characters that really add to this story. They make the story flow to what it is and it is what helps keeps you engaged in this story. Find out what happens to Akio as he starts a journey he never expected to take. What does fate have in store for him?
I enjoyed meeting a new character in this series by Alice Rachel. In every installment of this series, she never seems to surprise me more until I get into the story and she throws a twist to it. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Once again she has created a story that is fast paced and will keep you reading until the end. You will want to see what happens with these characters. You will read this story in one sitting and you won’t put it down until you are done. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to see what happens with this character as he starts a journey on finding himself.
Review by @bjwagner