This is a story of young Samuel who is uprooted from his native Trinidad to live with his estranged father in Toronto. This voyage is also one of his growth into manhood as he adapts to a new culture and a parent that he has little recollection of.
As most children and teenagers do, Samuel has a particular affinity for comic books and this love for them is a common thread through the story as Samuel starts to get more familiar with this strange culture by relating it to the comic book characters that he is familiar with and gives him comfort.
I've read some reviews of this book that state that didn't like that fact that the Trinidadian slang is spread throughout, but I, for one, did not find this an issue. The context of the words were keys to me and I understood and the author does include an appendix to translate the terms, should the reader need so. With respect to the reviewers who had this concern, I would counter that seeing this foreign world through Samuel's eyes and using terms and phrases that he would be familiar with gives the book authenticity.
The characters are true, vivid and consistent, the plot is believable and smooth and I found that Samuel took me along with his discovery of not only a foreign city and culture but also of himself.
As a final note, I will make mention that I recall in one of my classes, this author (and my instructor) made mention of how most really good books will have a little twist, a little something in which the reader gets an "oh!" or "Aha!" moment. Once I completed this book, I literally smiled to myself because I saw a perfect illustration as to what he was referring to.