Synopsis: “Ten months. Two hundred and ninety-nine days. Seven thousand, one hundred and seventy-six hours. Four hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and sixty minutes. Perhaps not as melodic as Larson’s rock musical anthem, but it is how I will measure a year at Casteel… I will measure in time, because it is my only constant between the old Autumn and the now Autumn. I will measure by changes of season.”
Sixteen-year-old Autumn Brody has enrolled at Casteel Preparatory Academy, a prestigious boarding school with a focus on the arts, for her grade eleven year but the move isn’t recreational. Her choice was made in a desperate bid for the survival of herself and her family, who remain oblivious to the looming threat against them. In her self-imposed exile, Autumn must remain invisible – “a Chbosky wallflower” – or more blood will cling to her hands.
Forced into a behavioural reform program at the Academy by her frantic parents, Autumn refuses to whisper of the ghosts haunting her. But the troubled young woman soon finds that there are more reasons to fear the night than she ever dared imagine. A student cries out in anguish through the walls, rousing her from restless slumber. Mysterious messages seem to land near her feet – messages from a supposedly dead girl that Autumn sees darting into darkened service corridors. And yet, the reclusive film student she literally runs into might just be the gravest danger of all.
As past bleeds into present, Autumn uncovers truths long buried behind the door of room 308. Secrets that someone will kill to keep silent – someone who stalks Autumn’s every move, patiently waiting to strike…
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Change Of Season in Six Words – A.C. Dillon
Fall: A word with multiple meanings, all of which apply to the book. Aside from the obvious connection to the main character, the season itself evokes the feel of the book: moody, chilly, and life within dying.
Melodic: In a school with an Arts program, music is undoubtedly integral to the lives of characters. The story itself is like an epic composition: it has its rises, falls, repeating themes (choruses) and ultimately, it evokes a journey that is brought to its end by the final reverberating note.
Reality: The crux of Autumn’s struggle is the establishment of reality. What is real? What does she know? What does she only think she knows? If she can’t figure out what is and isn’t real, she risks everything, including her sanity.
Vengeance: It is only human to want the wicked to be punished for their deeds. Change Of Season is driven by the desire for vengeance held by several characters. The trouble with vengeful acts is that each breeds a new desire for vengeance...
Love: While a love story lurks between the pages, love itself is a character. How do we define love? How do we love ourselves? How do we accept love when we cannot bear its weight without emotional pain? Familial and romantic love are crucial to the journey in Change Of Season.
Phoenix: In death, rebirth. From ashes, one arises. In every ending, there is a beginning for the characters of the book. The notion of razing the proverbial old body to create a new form is key.
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