Seth finds himself alone at an abandoned train station, with no idea what happened, or how he got there. He boards a train, only to discover it’s a special express transporting the recently deceased to their final destination. The conductor tells him he’s having a near-death experience. Seth wonders if it has something to do with his violent boyfriend, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting the hell off the train before he actually dies. But when he spots his best friend and secret crush among the traveling dead, the urge to leave fades…
This story was beautiful. Carter and seth are truly soul mates and seeing them on their journey, but not knowing if they’d make it, filled me with so much emotion. The world Ms. Phoenix created draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the story is over and you get this massive book hangover. I was scared throughout the book that I was going to be heartbroken at the end. There were times I truly despaired and wanted to read the ending to reassure myself. Thankfully I kept myself from that temptation and boy am I glad I did.
Carter was a guy I could tell struggled with his death. Even if Seth never managed to show up, he’d have a hard time dealing with how he’d lived his life and if he made the right choices. He’s got a little bit of everyone in him in that way. But he also shows great strength when he finally accepts his afterlife.
Seth broke my heart though. He deals with things that no one should ever have to go through. However he too showed great strength when he accepted the course he was on. The second to last scene was beautiful. I loved getting to see how Seth handled himself after his acceptance and what he did to have the fullest possible afterlife.
I so want more in this world. I want to know more about The Conductor and his job. I want to know what happens next. I want to see more of the characters and their lives. Oh my gosh I just need more!
Four and a half
For a minute, they sat in silence with only the rumbling of the train disturbing the quiet. When it became apparent that Seth wasn’t going to start speaking, Carter asked, “Still want to go on that road trip?”
“Not without you.”
“Mhm… If we could go together?” It wasn’t possible, of course, but Carter wasn’t interested in reality right now. One reason he hadn’t told Seth he was dying was because he’d enjoyed making all those unrealistic plans, after all, and he still did.
“I would go anywhere with you.”
“Yeah?” Carter let go of Seth’s neck and tightened his grip around his shoulder. “Where would you like to go first?”
Seth looked at him with that certain shine in his eyes he got when he talked about technology and space and all that. “The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame,” he said, predictably.
“God, you are such a geek.”
“Geeks rule the world.”
“Yeah? I don’t know about that.”
“It’s true, though! We created the Internet and launched mankind into space. What did zombie fanatics ever do?”
“Uh… we make good movies?”
Seth scoffed. “We have Star Wars and Star Trek and—”
“Aren’t those the same thing?”
“Oh no, you didn’t!”
Carter laughed. He’d rarely seen Seth look so offended. But whatever it was Seth had been worrying about earlier, he wasn’t thinking about it now, and that was a win.
Ana writes m/m romance and erotica. Her interest in hot guy-on-guy action was first sparked by reading scandalous Japanese mangas. A dirty secret she couldn’t resist. In a long bout of insanity – also known as her life — she decided to learn the language and escape to the land of sushi, sumo, and yaoi.
She’s since moved back to Europe to be with the love of her life – delicious European chocolate.
Now she resides in the sunny part of Germany where she fills her days chasing her dreams and writing about men in complicated relationships. Her family believes she’s writing “erotic manga stories.” She’s pleased they got the erotic part right, at least.
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