Book review: "Moon in Gemini" by Brandon Bennett

Posted on August 29, 2006

I try to read as much as possible, so I thought I could pass along reviews about good books that I have been reading. Here's the first!

What would it feel like to be able to freely make decisions, without the effects of remorse?

For some, like NBA-star-turned-cripple Shawn Jefferson, it's easy. In the fiction thriller "Moon in Gemini" by Brandon Bennett, Jefferson has lived a life where he could do no wrong. Fame, fortune and good looks have turned him into the quintessential sex symbol. All eyes are on him during the NBA playoffs, where he begins to make a name for himself.

But just as he finally has everyone's attention, tragedy strikes: He's injured in what appears to be a career-threatening incident. This gives Jefferson an entirely different outlook on how to live his life.

And that's the real tragic part.

Jefferson befriends his physical therapist, who looks into elevating him out of his depression. But as Jefferson sinks deeper, his Jekyll and Hyde traits worsen considerably, until it's difficult to recognize the basketball superstar ... for his groupies, his friends, and most importantly, himself.

"Moon in Gemini" is the type of novel that shows just how people can spiral out of control during a short period of time. Bennett sets up his characters simply enough and ties many of them together with a commonality: How green is the grass on the other side? Through a lurid past and promiscuous present, the characters have more than enough to relate to the readers. Additionally, Bennett uses pop culture, dark humor and adult language to effectively mark the characters' feelings and judgments at intervals during the novel.

Usually when I read a thriller, I somewhat know what's coming at the end. With "Moon in Gemini," I just had a bunch of guesses, but things kept occurring that I didn't see coming. I know exactly why I question the predictability of the book. It's worth the read to find out. After all, aren't you interested to see what would happen if you made a decision, without worrying about the consequences?