The Eighth Day

Salerni, D. (2014). Little Monsters. NY: Harper Collins.

Jax Aubrey is a normal orphaned kid. He goes to school, wears normal clothes and hates his incompetent guardian Riley Pendare. On the day after his thirteenth birthday 18635086.jpghowever he wakes up to find out that everybody is gone. Naturally Jax thinks it’s the apocalypse and runs around like crazy until he holes up in his room with a load of supplies. When he wakes up the next day though everybody is back and acting like nothing happened. At this point Jax thinks he’s gone insane. It takes a whole week for Jax to finally find out what’s going on, and to his surprise Riley has the answer. Riley tells Jax that the day everyone had disappeared was called Grunsday. A few people, including Riley himself, called Transitioners have the ability to transition from the real world over to Grunsday, a world where only one day passes in it for every seven days in the real world. The novel idea of having eight days in a week gives Jax an extra day in which he can do whatever he wants as long as Riley knows where he is. He finds himself waiting throughout the week for Grunsday and his normal life pales in comparison. But when old dark forces arise and try to trigger an apocalypse, Jax may have to deal with more than he bargained for.

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