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Wilbur Author Interview

Journey of 200 is an adventure thriller with some dark themes. What were some driving ideals behind Guillaume’s character’s development?

The people who were on his side, like his sisters, or friends. They treated him well. His enemies impacted his character, by abuse and mistreatment. New events also changed his character.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The important themes were companionship and hope. It was hope that drove Guillaume on this journey, along with companionship that helped Guillaume succeed.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Currently I’m not writing a second book, until this book succeeds.

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This book is about a boy named Guillaume and his two sisters Catherine and Madeline. The sisters are also his companions, and they are there for him. This book is about a long dangerous and intense journey on a path from India to China. The journey transforms the group’s hopes and dreams, and they acquire allies and enemies along the journey.

Journey of 200

Journey of 200 by Wilbur is a story told from the point of view of Guillaume, a boy with autism.  With his two sisters, Catherine and Madeline, Guillaume wins a robot-building competition. The prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to India, and they somehow manage to set off on their trip with no parents involved. While in India they hear about a trek in China that will grant them life to the age of 200 if they survive the journey, so they set off for China to make the perilous attempt to reach the top of the mountain.

Journey of 200 is the first novel by new author Wilbur. The dialogue reflects the characters autism, it doesn’t always flow very well but that is part of the character development of Guillaume. The overall writing is well-structured and clear. The author has created a detailed world, giving readers a sense of his vision of India and China through the eyes of Guillaume. 

Journey of 200 is a colorful adventure story, and it does give a fascinating glimpse into a mind influenced by autism. I think this novel is for mature readers as it contains casual violence throughout, from the punching and kicking, children’s acquisition and use of guns, common brutality and horrific death. There is racism laced throughout the story, and savage misogyny, as when Guillaume impassively witnesses his sister being beaten and is unmoved. Wilber is able to use these themes to build on the suspense and action of characters.

Journey of 200 by Wilbur is shocking and provocative while maintaining a clear story line. While this book is not for everyone, those that enjoy seeing the darker side of society with a thrilling adventure and quest mixed in will enjoy this novel.

Pages: 121 | ASIN : B08ZXQ3NN8

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