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No Less Days
by Amanda Stevens
From the back cover:
David Galloway can’t die.
How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.
Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?
David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own…protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?
About the author:
As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.
What if you couldn’t die? Those around you could (and did), but not you. How would that impact your day-to-day life and your relationships with others?
No Less Days intrigued me from the back cover, but I found myself even more intrigued the further I got into the story. With realistic characters who grapple with this strange truth, the ramifications keep you thinking, wondering not only what the characters will do, but “what would I do?”
In some ways, No Less Days is not an easy read. I wouldn’t recommend it to a younger reader without parental input. But it is one story that, while obviously hypothetical, will keep you thinking long after you’ve finished. My book club friends chose to read this one with me, and I look forward to the discussion we’ll have!
I don’t read a lot of speculative fiction, but I’m glad I picked this one up, as it’s been interesting food for thought!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)