The Lot of a Nobody
By Dave Johnston
Lot Nobody is average – even his ears – and is so lonely that he’s become invisible. But on his 16th birthday Lot truly starts disappearing – uprooted to a magical island, then sent back fully naked in the most embarrassing of situations.
After befriending Ethan Longbow – a classmate who’s about as street as a satsuma – Lot’s insecurities start to peel away, an angry volcano begins to pulsate, and Lot Nobody goes toe-to-toe with the dastardly megalomaniac Hector Shady.
Lot must now face his anxieties, save his new island friends, and discover why the hell his bum has been so itchy …
I was actually introduced to Lot Nobody a little bit ago when I was presented with the wonderful opportunity of an advanced reading. As many of you know, I became in instant fan of Dave Johnston’s when he introduced me to Holly Holloway in Sixty Minute Reads. His writing has continued to impress me and The Lot of a Nobody was no exception.
If Lot has perfected anything during his short life span, it would be the art of invisibility. Nearing 16, our young protagonist is a bit of social outcast who lives a life of little to zero excitement with his grandfather. And he is completely okay with that.
But things for Lot are about to change. He is about to acquire a new friend, Ethan Longbow and discover a new ability. Lot can disappear, traveling to a magical island. The only problem is, he tends to leave his clothing behind.
There is something remarkable happening within The Lot of a Nobody. We are handed an endearing and very relatable young protagonist who promptly latches onto the reader’s heart and establishes a welcomed place within. Lot is loner, a young man with no real direction and has been dealt a hand in life that many would consider less than favorable. Yet he perseveres, always seeing things for what they are and with little to no complaints. He is simply a good and grateful young man.
Ethan quickly becomes Lot’s new sidekick and adds a very welcomed dose of solid humor to the story. Full of one liners and constant input, I often found myself giggling as I followed the boys on their mishaps. The two characters complement one another beautifully, creating a lasting friendship that is lighthearted and touching.
The world development occurs at a slow and steady pace as Lot is left to his own devices to uncover a new part of the island each time he is whisked away. There is an abundance of magic, humor and exploration to be appreciated. Accompanied by outstanding character dialogue and lively and inviting narration, The Lot of a Nobody deliveries a story that not only fully engages and entertains the reader but delivers important messages within. This is an adventure that looks deeply at friendship, self growth, and personal fears. A recommended read for all.
About The Author
Dave Johnston is a Father, writer and climber – smarter than an onion, edgier than an orange, rasher than bacon. He can complete a Rubiks Cube in under 2 minutes, has a series of DIY disasters under his belt, and once broke some major bones in his body – now filed as a character building exercise.
Dave has published one novel and two novellas to date, lives in Sheffield, England, and likes gravy.
Lot of a Nobody will be free on Kindle 3/24/17-3/27/17