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Monday Redux
Robert Favole
Flywheel Publishing, 194 pages

Monday Redux
Robert Favole
Robert Favole grew up in Roosevelt, New York. He has been a lawyer and educator for twenty-five years. In 1972, he graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo. He received extensive training in the principles of learning at the University of Arizona's Graduate School of Education, and at Arizona Training Program. He has taught both gifted and challenged children. Mr. Favole received his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1980 and practiced law in San Francisco and Sacramento until 2002. He lives in Hong Kong.

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A review by Lisa DuMond

Johann Gutenberg, Dunblane, Thurston, Westside, W. R. Myers -- a partial list of school tragedies, the most publicised of which is Columbine. A roll call of carnage, involving students, teachers, parents, and outsiders, joined by the common link of guns, terror, and death. In every case and in dozens more, the question arises of why? What set it off? Shouldn't someone have realised there was a problem? What if...?

Robert Favole tackles this controversial subject by addressing the possibility that eats away at all of us after such a massacre; what would we do if we had the chance to relive the day. Second chances, Monday Redux demonstrates in frustrating, plausible detail, are only as valuable as the quality of our decisions and the courage of our convictions.

Reginald "Rego" Poppel is dead centre in the hail of bullets of a student shooting. Given the opportunity to start the horrific day over, he is determined to prevent the deaths. Knowing what will happen and knowing how to stop it are two very distinct weapons, as he will learn.

Monday Redux provides readers with a unique perspective on an affliction that seems to have hit this generation on a worldwide scope. A young man finds himself facing the killer and his own reactions in the pressure of the moment. Seeing death in the eyes of an acquaintance forces him to examine the causes and contributing factors that led to the bloodshed. Was it lack of acceptance? Bullying? Lack of parental involvement? Willful blindness to danger? And what part does the ever-present media playing in the continuing saga?

With his life in ruins around him, Rego must face his own shortcomings in order to prevent the shootings. What he sees in himself, what he does to aspire to the "cult of cool," and what, in the end, really matters, are truths he has never taken an unflinching look at, though they control his every move. How the same factors affect the shooter is a shocking contrast, to Rego and the reader.

Does he make the best decisions? How successful will his intervention be? Why is he offered this chance? And by whom? After all is said and done, did it really happen the way he thinks, or is he the victim of the worst of nightmares?

That's a lot of questions, but don't expect Favole to hand you glib answers or work everything out for you. The importance of Monday Redux is that it will force you to think, really think about what's gone wrong and if it can be fixed. There is no panacea or Hollywood ending, just more on your mind, perhaps, than before.

Oh! By the way, it's pretty addictive reading, too. Shouldn't leave that part out. And there's enough adult in that young adult classification to keep anyone rivetted 'til the end.

Copyright © 2003 Lisa DuMond

In between reviews, articles, and interviews, Lisa DuMond writes science fiction, horror, dark realism, and humour. DARKERS, her first novel, was published in August 2000 by Hard Shell Word Factory. She is a contributing editor at SF Site and for BLACK GATE magazine. Lisa has also written for BOOKPAGE, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Science Fiction Weekly, and SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE. You can check out Lisa and her work at her website hikeeba!.

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