The Mosaic by Nina Berkhout

Into the Wild

The Mosaic Read Online Free - Twyla Jane Lee has one goal. To finish senior year so she can get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. But to graduate, she needs to complete forty hours of community service, and that means helping out a rude and reclusive former Marine named Gabriel Finch.

A young veteran of the conflicts in the Middle East, Gabriel spends his days holed up in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo on his family farm. Twyla assumes he's just another doomsday prepper, readying his underground shelter for Armageddon. But soon she finds out the truth, and it takes her breath away.

Gradually the two misfits form a bond, and Twyla begins to unearth the secrets that have left the Marine battling ghosts. Her discoveries force her to question her views on the wars until she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won't ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch's story behind her.

A beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about a teen facing the collision of love, ideals and uncertainty about her own future.

Title : The Mosaic
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ISBN : 155498985X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Anna rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Halo, Montana is a dying town next to a military base. The future of the majority of the kids in this town involves oil fields, the slaughterhouse, or enlisting in the military. Twyla and her boyfriend plan to move to Califo...

Alicia rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2018

This borders on an age range that crosses from YA into twenty-something where Twyla has all of the trappings of a senior in high school with global issues of the effects of war and mental health. She's got a boyfriend, she's got dreams after graduating. But she's also got a 40-hour service projec...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

This is a really powerful book about a girl who just wants to get out of her close-minded, dying military town in the middle of Montana. She and her boyfriend dream of going to California where she will get away from the military industrial complex and take easy pictures of the surf and people's...

Abigail rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

It was simply breath taking. An incredible contemporary piece that explored the depths of humanity through real characters. Slow to begin with, but once Gabriel's secret is revealed to Twyla, you cannot put it down. Genuinely an eye opener. Incredibly thought provoking, and an absolute must read...

Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

June 30, 2017

Senior Twyla Lee has always considered her hometown of Halo, Montana, to be a dead end, and she and her boyfriend Billy Goodwin have plans to move to California for a better life. Billy's not a local, and he has his parents' financial backing and dreams of cooking his way to fame. Although Twyla...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

June 30, 2017

Twyla has her life planned, knows what she wants and the guy she is going to do it all with. until she meets Gabriel, and injured war veteran. Her community service stint is supposed to be a one of , no strings attached. At first she dislikes Gabriel, but over time she starts to meet the real man...

Laurie rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

I'd give the first half of "The Mosaic" 3 stars and the second half 5 stars. The writing is exceptional throughout and the author brings poetic resonance to a hard-luck rural town where the only thing propping it up is the military presence. I found the main character for the first 1/3 of the stor...

Bethany rated it ★★★★☆

October 23, 2017

The Mosaic was moving and beautifully written, far more than I anticipated. The story follows Twyla, a young woman living in rural Montana who begins to fall for a former Marine who is surprisingly artistic, but is suffering from PTSD after serving two tours of duty in the Middle East. The book c...

Milky rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

Nina Berkhout, this is the second time you have broken my heart! It was a pleasure getting to meet you at Word On The Street and to tell you how much I loved your earlier book, The Gallery of Lost Species. When I read the synopsis for The Mosaic, I thought, "Well this is unexpected." But just lik...

Elaine rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2017

A slow start to this book, but it does not take too long before you are totally into it and just keep turning the pages one after the other to see what happens next. For a class project the students are to pick a Community Service and must spend 40 hours doing it. Twyla Jane chooses spending time...

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