This post contains affiliate links. Last year, one of my favorite books was The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver. The book opened up a new perspective for me on time travel. After I finished that book, I looked forward to reading the second book in the Middle Falls series, The Redemption of Michael Hollister by Shawn Inmon.
About The Redemption of Michael Hollister
Michael Hollister is the antagonist in The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver. He’s an evil character who seems to revel in mayhem, destruction, and death. In addition, he seems to be an unredeemable character.
However, in The Redemption of Michael Hollister, we meet Michael again. He just killed himself in prison and returns as a young boy. Quickly, Michael becomes a sympathetic character. Unfortunately, his father is abusive, and his mother is indifferent. No one cares about him save the neighbor across the street, who lends him books, and the family’s housekeeper, who feels sorry for Michael.
In his first life, Michael’s life went the wrong direction, and he wreaked havoc on many other people. However, after Michael initially gets over his rage and stops killing himself over and over again, he finally starts to settle into a new, much more encouraging life. Can Michael redeem himself?
My Thoughts on the Book
I enjoyed watching Michael’s metamorphosis. I also appreciated understanding his background. Although I don’t condone the evil he perpetuated in his first life, this book helped explain why he was so destructive.
However, I found the book a bit dull in the last two-thirds. His new life was mundane. While I was happy for his character, it wasn’t the most compelling read compared to The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver. However, I still enjoy these books and will continue reading the rest of the books in the series.
I give The Redemption of Michael Hollister by Shawn Inmon 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
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