“Fame is an illusion anyway. It’s a bunch of projections.”
Standalone sequel to Before He Was Famous (out now!)
Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself…
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
In Before He Was Famous Becky Wicks shows us the behind the scenes of Music Industry through Noah and Chloe, now in Before He Was Gone she gives us the things that’s going on behind the camera of a reality TV show through Alyssa and Joshua.
Alyssa is one of the minor character in Before He Was Famous. She’s Chloe Campbell’s best friend. Now taking the center stage as one of the contestant in a reality TV show called Deserted (something like the game show, Survivor in our current world), where group of strangers were sent to an isolated location like an island where their surviving skills are tested everyday. They have to provide their own food, shelter, and compete to each other through the game’s challenges.
I already like Alyssa from Before He Was Famous and in here I like her more. She’s quick-witted, funny at times, and undeniably a strong character. Her development from being a person who is surrounded by wealth and fame through her celebrity friends and ex-boyfriend to a girl who is stripped of basic things she needs in everyday living is well written. Becky Wicks successfully weaved Alyssa to be believable and appealing.
Then we have Joshua, the leading male character in the story. He had a mysterious quality in him being the loner that he is. To be honest it took a while before I finally enjoy his character. As much I like the mystery in him, his perspective and opinion about life, faith and God sometimes throw me off. Though it’s obvious that there are reasons behind those angst and skepticism which Becky Wicks reveal toward the end of the story, I still feel like that it lessen the expected enjoyment to Joshua’s character as a whole, especially if you are like me who have a different view on the subject.
“I mean, sometimes bad shit just happens,” I tell her. Pretending there’s a reason, or that it’s all just part of someone else’s master plan? It’s naive. Everyone fades and dies…”
…”faith just leads to disappointment and people talking like that stopped making send a long time ago.”
As for the other characters, they all added extra color to the story. Each contestant has their own unique personality making the cast away story more colorful, adventurous and even realistic.
The reality show set-up is very convincing, it feels like Becky Wicks done a very good job with her research of the game. As if she is part of the reality show herself. She makes everything around the character believable and easy to visualize, from the game’s rules to the location and other things that is happening around the characters.
Overall, Before He Was Gone is an enjoyable read. Becky wicks successfully weaved a believable story with enough intrigue. Readers of contemporary novels will surely like this one.
* This review is based on a E-copy I received courtesy of the author, Becky Wicks in exchange of honest opinion.