Awesome Jones, the eponymous main character in AshleyRose Sullivan’s novel, might better be described as Average Jones. He’s unassuming and even a bit boring, one of many ordinary residents in a city where superheroes often streak through the clouds, high above skyscrapers, on their way to do battle with villains who are still alive and well. Their exploits have become part of local lore and people like Awesome Jones can only step aside and wonder when the random slugfest between superhero and villain breaks out on the sidewalk in a busy part of town. They can also read the comics that have become part of the local canon and dream of lives full of excitement and adventure.
That seems to be the fate of Awesome Jones, until the day he falls in love. Even though he’s a regular guy with a humdrum desk job, he manages to win the affections of Lona Chang, a beautiful and alluring coworker–and his life takes a turn for the better when they fall in love. At first, it appears that their life together will be a pleasantly mundane one, one spent cooking dinner in the kitchen, reading the paper, and talking about getting a dog, but Lona sees something extraordinary in Awesome. It is her faith in him that causes Awesome to realize the potential of his name and soon enough he is forced to choose between love and security or danger and excitement, risking it all for the chance to become a hero. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery, one that reveals the secrets of the superhero world and sees him in the company of inspirational mentors, and along the way he learns the details of his parents’ mysterious deaths. He also discovers that there was a reason why he has felt like a superhero on the inside all these years.
Awesome Jones is the debut novel for AshleyRose Sullivan, and it’s an entertaining read if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Born and raised in Appalachia, AshleyRose has an MFA from Spalding University and currently lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she paints when she’s not writing. Her artistic inclinations no doubt account for the interesting graphics found throughout Awesome Jones, which has been described as a “superhero fairy tale.” It has also been described as “a fairy tale read by Stan Lee: romance and magic combined with high-flying, comic book action.”
Find out more about AshleyRose Sullivan in this previous author interview at Literary Labors.
Title: Awesome Jones
Author: AshleyRose Sullivan
Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (March 10, 2014)