Status: In Progress
Word Count: 906,898 to date
Do you ever get tired of just getting to enjoy a story, and then hitting the end of the story and there's nothing more to read. Well - start reading Circumnavigation and it will be a while before you get that feeling (if you ever do).
Now as many of us realize, length is nothing without someone there who knows how to use it. And CJ definitely knows how to use it.
Circumnavigation is mainly the story of seventeen year old Trevor and his boat, Atlantis. Atlantis is a large catamaran - a two hulled ship with five passenger cabins. He lost his mother more than 8 years before, when she was sailing Ares, a similar boat to Atlantis, and had an emergency at sea and was lost. Despite this loss, Trevor loves sailing (and Atlantis) and is frequently on the water, occasionally taking charters, sailing near his home of Fort Pierce, Florida. Trevor's two best friends, Lisa and Joel, are dating but also both very concerned with their friend Trevor, and how he tends to isolate himself.
CJ builds a lot of background of each of the characters, so you really get to know not only Trevor, but Lisa, Joel, Dirk (Trevor's dad) and many of the other characters you come across. To make sure that some of the additional ship or travelling information doesn't get too much, he includes diagrams of what Atlantis looks like, and how it's laid out as well as googlemaps of some of the locations that Trevor travels to in the story.
What starts as part of a simple story of Trevor trying to find the wreckage of the Ares, and some trace of what happened to his mom, leads to a complex and intriguing tale. CJ is a master of laying out many details that you may glance by, only to find them all coming together many chapters later. He builds up this massive epic tale in a clear way, with excellent writing, that will draw you in and keep you hooked, even through his many cliffhangers and shock revelations.
If you haven't tried Circumnavigation yet, it's a great time to start as the story is almost to its conclusion. I've read it weekly since he started the story and give it my highest recommendation. His Let the Music Play and it's sequel, Changing Lanes are also favorites of mine!