A Year in the Life, by Cat Grant, is a continuation of the novella, In From the Cold. As a reader we often want to know what happens to characters we grow to love in a story. We know they are figments of the authors’ imagination and that they do not really exist after the book, or series, is completed. This book, Courtland’s – The Next Generation Book 1, is the beginning of the life started, in book time, 30 years prior in the Courtland Chronicles. Reading the original series is not necessary to enjoy this book, but it definitely gives a tremendous amount of background that makes the story better. Including the novella, In From the Cold, in this book was crucial, since it set the stage for this generation of Courtlands and the relationship between Seth and Bilal.
Seth and Bilal are two students at Cornell University who could not have come from more diverse backgrounds. Bilal is an Iranian Muslim who is struggling with his own identify, while trying to please an extremely strict fundamentalist father. Seth is the son of a triad relationship who was raised across the world. His family, while having the resources to fully support him, taught him and his sister the value of working and respect for all. Throw in danger from an acquaintance of Bilal’s from Iran and some family drama for Seth and you have a fantastic book.
The best part about this book is the fact that the author, by her own admission, left a lot of “dangly plot strings” making you yearn for the next installment. I recommend this entire series to all.
-Reviewed by Selina