Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before.Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.
Release Date: December 4th, 2017
Cover Artist: Oishii Designs
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before.
Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.
He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I?
In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.
Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.
Reincarnation, Old Souls, and The One Apart
I didn’t set out to write a “reincarnation story.” I didn’t even realize reincarnation stories are a sub-genre of their own. The One Apart began as just one sentence I woke up with one morning and recognized as a potential story idea: “he remembered everything.” I knew that the information the main character remembered was a big deal, that it surprised even him, and maybe, others wouldn’t be too happy if they discovered that this person knew so much.
I never outline, and I never plan a story. For me, the writing is only fun because a story is a giant mystery to uncover. After that, it’s fun to find out what others experience or feel when they read it. So, I sat down to write my first novel with this one idea, this one mystery I knew would take some time to uncover, that just might be big enough to create a novel-length story. Within just a few sentences, I realized that the tremendous thing that Tres, the main character, remembers—and shouldn’t—is all the experiences of all of his past lives. And, at the same time, he discovers he’s about to be born again, as an infant with a very old soul and full awareness of so many lives formerly lived.
I wasn’t aware that reincarnation stories rarely begin at the birth of a character. That just felt like the biggest mystery, the biggest possible puzzle and problem to uncover. Tres had an entire life ahead of him struggling through the agony of being trapped in a slowly growing child’s body while fully aware of what adulthood is like and all that was ahead for him. He knows that remembering past lives or even realizing he’s lived them is not normal. He knows he can’t share that fact with the others around him: his young mother and his strong-willed, suspicious grandmother. And though he’s well aware of what life is and all its different stages, he has no idea why he’s been granted—plagued with—all these past life memories or how to live one single life, his current life, with all of that information and awareness in mind.
And that is the story that evolved into The One Apart. It’s the story of Tres aching to grow up quickly while battling his very adult memories and trying to develop solid relationships with the people in his life while keeping so much of the truth of himself to himself. And all the while, he wants, most of all, to uncover who—and why—he is. Throughout his life, he senses things others cannot but doesn’t know who or what this other presence is, and he senses great danger. As it all unfolds, he realizes all that makes him different has great impact on the lives of everyone he’s come to know and love throughout this life. And he’s the only one that can save them all.
The One Apart is the story of an old soul struggling through childhood and early adulthood as he grows closer to uncovering the mystery of himself and reality itself. Reading Tres’s story will make you reconsider, question, and enjoy the mystery of everything and everyone around you. It celebrates all the mystery embedded in this life—or lives—we all live.
Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.
Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.
Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.
Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.
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