A five-year-old tries his hand at action adventure.
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We received Into the Dark some weeks ago but put off publishing it until now as we were at something of a loss as to how to grapple with its themes and, nearly overwhelming, subtext. In some ways Wolf, a precocious five-year-old from Long Island and a member of the 90ways extended family, presents a familiar, archetypal story. His invocation of the themes that most heavily influence the life of a young boy (aliens and enemies, life in the future, cool gadgets, and the intense desire to escape from school [by, apparently, hiding in your locker]) has even been called heavy-handed. This seems to us a bit harsh. After all, at five, as promising as this story is, Wolf is still a writer with much to learn. Yet, he seems intensely aware of this. Rather than struggling against his weaknesses, he tacks into them, acting as an intriguing reflection of himself and his peers. What we make of that reflection, what we like and dislike about five-year-old America, is very much left to the reader. But perhaps more important than the derivative nature of his subject matter or the (perhaps too) familiar themes is a writing style that crackles with energy and grips the reader from one end of the sentence to the other. -Eds.
Into the Dark
Young Dennis Wolf