From the back of the book:
Seventeen-year-old Webb survives on the streets of Toronto by busking with his guitar and working as a dishwasher. All that changes when Webb’s grandfather dies and his will stipulates that his grandsons fulfill specific requests. Webb’s task takes him to the Canol Trail in Canada’s Far North, where he finds out that there are much scarier things than the cold and the occasional grizzly bear.
This very well may be one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year. From the moment I picked it up, I knew I had my hands on something GOOD. A fast-paced book, Devil’s Pass gripped me from page 1 and didn’t let me go under after I read the last sentence in the book.
While a fast read, Devil’s Pass wasn’t an easy book on some levels – it deals with being homeless due to child abuse. The main character, Webb, has been abused by his step-father and this book looks at both survival and this particular character’s healing process. It’s gritty and emotional; it all felt so real, yet was hope-inspiring. This book shows how much our actions affect other people, and how that can change who they are – both for better and worse. I am so thoroughly impressed with how Brouwer handled the subject matter in such a mature and relatable way.
I love the concept of this series – seven authors wrote seven books about seven grandchildren who are all affected by the death of their grandfather and the tasks he’s outlined for them in his will. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of these books, but I love that I don’t have to read them in any particular order, or that I don’t even have to read all of them if I don’t want to. This is a brilliant concept, and in the instance of Devil’s Pass was executed perfectly. It left me craving more, but still gave me full closure with the one story I was focused on.
The Bottom Line
I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading both more from this author and more in this series.