Written in powerful prose poetry, Reynolds' novel visits Buck, Dani, Uncle Mark, Mikey Holloman, Frick, and Shawn as Will takes the smokey elevator journey to the lobby with a "...pistol heavy on my back..." (68). As each floor marks the descent, Will has a conversation with these people from his past, and reflects on their connection to the decision he must make when the elevator reaches its destination. Suspenseful and tension-filled, this novel can easily be read in one sitting, and I could not get off the elevator with Will once the narrative began. As with all Reynolds' work, the story and characters are compelling and realistic. Even though I share little from Will's life experience, I resided in his heart from opening to closing page. It's a book that you will want to talk about when you're done because it's one that even in closing the pages, it is not over for the reader.
Reynolds, Jason. LONG WAY DOWN. Simon & Schuster, 2017.