Sean Chercover, author of The Trinity Game, calls The Fort a "crystalline coming-of-age story."
The Fort is that rare and welcome find—a book so great you want to
recommend it to strangers on the subway. From page one, you know you're in good hands. Aric Davis writes with a voice so singular, so authentic, his story becomes a separate reality—not just
read, but experienced.
The endless summer of 1987
stretches out before Tim, Scott, and Luke—best friends and blood-brothers who
spend their days building a treehouse fort in the woods and shooting air rifles
at imaginary targets from their perch, pretending to be snipers in Vietnam.
But that summer, a real veteran,
broken and haunted by the real war, is abducting and killing young girls from
the area. And one afternoon in the fort, the boys see this man forcing Molly, a
missing neighborhood girl they know, through the woods at gunpoint.
The boys report what they’ve
seen only to be disregarded by the police and then grounded by their parents
for lying about such a serious matter. Their parents’ disbelief is a profound betrayal,
and it hurts. But the boys know what they saw, and they know they must break
curfew and take action to save Molly’s life, whatever the cost.
The choice will cost them more
than just their innocence, but with no one else searching for the missing girl,
the boys do not hesitate.
Twelve years old—not yet riven
by the hormonal surges of adolescence—Tim, Scott, and Luke see the world
through clear eyes, with the remarkable wisdom of boys. Davis writes of
childhood with the immediacy of George Saunders or Harper Lee, and The Fort is a time machine that
transports you into that world of deep friendship, fierce loyalty, and
Tim, Scott, and Luke are the
boys we knew, the boys we were.
The Fort is both a crystalline coming-of-age story—by turns brutal,
tender, heartbreaking—and a terrifying, unputdownable
thriller. Aric Davis is a fearless writer who faces true darkness, unflinching,
and somehow manages to keep his compassion intact.
I loved this book, truly. Read
it, and you too will recommend it to strangers on the subway.