When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary.
Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their destination? Will they lose their sanity or maybe even their lives in the process?
The storyline revolves around four characters and a cross-country road-trip which, in itself makes for an interesting read. Although the book is well written and intriguing, the length of the novella is not enough to give any in-depth and engrossing back story to the characters, and it is told through the words of the main protagonist. However, along the way, the Author manages to bring into the journey, so very interesting and very flawed sub-characters, which add to the tale very nicely. One thing the Author does achieve very well with the writing of his characters, is the feeling of their growth as the journey continues and they begin to learn things about themselves, and others, that they previously were unaware of; this gives a sense of reality to the characters, and also makes the reader wonder, how much do they actually know about the people they associate with, and is their view on the world they live in skewed by preconceptions.
The journey they take is written in compelling and curious ways that makes you keep reading on to an almost realistic ending that keeps the feelings of practicality and realism that are written in to the novella throughout. The only issue I had with the Kindle version of this read were the typos that could have been picked up by a good proof-reader and/or editor, and this did detract from my enjoyment of this book.
I would recommend this book to readers of Murakami Haruki, and other Japanese contemporary Authors.