* CONTAINS SPOILERS
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At an unspecified date in time, a prince and a group of refugees on rafts survive a sea storm and wash up on an unknown island in the Pacific. The prince is anxious about leading the survivors and he abandons them only to come across a stranger on the beach who says he’s from the future and offers the prince a gift and some words of advice. Fast forward to the future and generations of the refugees have made the island their home. A young boy wakes up on the beach surrounded by three of the island’s leaders: a pastor, a warrior and a trader/politician. The boy has amnesia and goes to live with each of the three leaders over the next few years, even falling in love with the trader/politician’s young daughter. But the boy has another fatherly influence in his life: Pami, a rogue hiding in a cave on the island the boy has been told to avoid. With Pami’s help, the boy learns about his past and the startling fact that someone on the island, possibly even one of the three leaders, could be his real father.
What I enjoyed the most about Lemonade Revealed was the boy’s search for meaning and to learn more about himself. I thought it was interesting how he learned about the world around him by observing the strengths and weaknesses of each “Father”. I was totally swept up into the drama surrounding his identity and the mystery of who may have been his real birth father.
As much I was intrigued by the storyline, I was left at the end of the book with many questions and much confusion. It was never clear to me the time period of the story and whether the islanders had contact with any kind of modern society because, other than an enemy we never meet in the book, they seemed completely isolated. I didn’t understand the point of the mysterious stranger who said he was a time traveler or the significance of the flashlight and why characters acted like they had never seen one before. Lastly, if the identity of the boy’s father was revealed to readers, I missed it because the ending went right over my head.
Lemonade Revealed author, Will Chluho, is formerly a Franciscan friar and has a background in philosophy and theology. I suspect that it was his intention to write about the personal journey of a young boy and infuse the story with philosophical nuggets for the reader to reflect on about the path of life. I didn’t find these nuggets too preachy and particularly liked “paddle your boat and let the horizon come to you”. I enjoyed Lemonade Revealed; however, the overall message Mr. Chluho had intended for readers is unclear to me. It will be interesting to see what he writes next.