To celebrate that innocence Waning Part 1 is now available on Google Play Books for purchase, the ebook will be on sale starting tomorrow, 10 February 2020, for US $0.99. Innocence Waning Part 2 will be available for purchase on Google Play Books as of 14 March 2020. Happy reading!
As of today, all works of literary fiction that I produce will be distributed under the Zalien imprint. I am looking forward to working with Zalien.
I am thrilled to share the Booklife review of Innocence Waning Part 1. This will be published in January 2020. The full text is below and the hyperlink to their site is for your kind reference.
Mitchell’s striking debut novel—the first of two volumes set in Melbourne, Australia—dives into the psyche of a reckless gay teen. One afternoon, 16-year-old Chezdon Morrison and his mates Jayden, Bryce, and Austin get drunk and experiment with drugs. Chezdon invites James, a 25-year-old store clerk, to come over; fielding puzzled inquiries from his friends, Chezdon admits he’s gay. Austin responds by also coming out. After Chezdon rejects James, Chezdon and Austin agree to date. Drama ensues as Chezdon finds romance, cheats, has sex, consumes various intoxicants, and gets involved in both an assault and a schoolyard fight. The instalment abruptly cuts off after another episode of violence.
Mitchell gives Chezdon a strong voice and a stronger personality that take a little while to get comfortable with, but soon readers will be hooked. He does not shy away from depravity—the debauched afternoon among the boys is a virtuoso sequence—but it is the sweet relationship that develops between Chezdon and Austin that appeals most. It’s frustrating to watch Chezdon actively jeopardize that relationship while trying to get what he thinks he wants. Chezdon is highly impulsive, and the plot mostly consists of him careening from one bad decision to another.
Mitchell is best with ambiguities, such as Chezdon’s relationship with Jayden, which varies from intimate to antagonistic. The starker elements get too hectic for Chezdon (and the reader) to process. The dialogue and narration are also uneven, encompassing both accurate teen-speak and highly didactic exchanges. Some awkward word choices (“drink from the ejaculating showerhead”) and vivid descriptions of bodily functions disrupt the narrative, but one erotic sex scene proves Mitchell can write effectively. Readers will likely see where Chezdon’s downward slide is going but will be eager to see whether he can put himself back together in part two.
Takeaway: Older queer teens will enjoy living vicariously through the sex, drugs, and drama of Mitchell’s gay coming-of-age novel.
Great for fans of Scott Heim’s Mysterious Skin, Bret Easton Ellis.
The Amazon Kindle version of Innocence Waning Part I is available to download free today (Sunday 22 December 2019) from select Amazon Marketplaces:
- United Kingdom
- Brazil (Portuguese Version)
- Mexico (Spanish Version)
- Spain (Spanish Version)
- France (French Version)
Innocence Waning Part I has been translated into German. It is now available in the Amazon Germany Marketplace at the link below…
Unschuld schwindet: Teil I wurde ins Deutsche übersetzt. Es ist ab sofort auf dem Amazon Deutschland-Marktplatz erhältlich unter: