The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Technology may have changed, but the job is still the same -- luckily, Charon happened to figure out a way to make his job of ferrying souls into the afterlife way easier. He created The Ferryman Institute...
Enter Charlie Dawson. Star Ferryman. 250 years of being an immortal Ferryman, and never once failing an assignment. The assignments aren't always easy, but they always end with the main objective -- open a door to the Afterlife, convince the soul to enter of its own free will. Succeed, get another successful mark on your record. Fail, and the soul is doomed to wander the earth, haunting humans and causing problems as its existence slowly fades and is lost forever.
But 250 years has had its toll on Charlie. His immortal life revolves around the sadness that is death. Men, women, young, old, accident, nature, self-inflicted... it's all tragic, and its getting to him.
A secret assignment from the office of the President of the Ferryman Institute send Charlie to assist the soul of one suicidal Alice Spiegel into the Afterlife. Or not. WAIT WHAT? For the first time ever, as time ticks close to her ETD (estimated time of death), the assignment's special envelope opens and gives him a choice... the choice to SAVE her.
What follows is a crazy rollercoaster of action, adventure, and discovery... what is the purpose, the meaning, the point of living?
Take a chance on Colin Gigl. This may be his debut, but it was a damn good one. The only thing I can complain about is that occasionally, the editors missed some repeated "in the works" and "per se" phrases all on the same pages, enough to be noticeably overused. And that's so minor. There are a few predictable things, but the ride is so fun and fresh and original that you probably won't even mind.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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