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From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax and his mate, Bristle, have welcomed a l From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax and his mate, Bristle, have welcomed a litter of kits they must protect in a dangerous world. Meanwhile Peter—newly orphaned after the war, wracked with guilt and loneliness—leaves his adopted home with Vola to join the Water Warriors, a group of people determined to heal the land from the scars of the war. When one of Pax's kits falls desperately ill, he turns to the one human he knows he can trust. And no matter how hard Peter tries to harden his broken heart, love keeps finding a way in. Now both boy and fox find themselves on journeys toward home, healing—and each other, once again.


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From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax and his mate, Bristle, have welcomed a l From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; this is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love. It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax and his mate, Bristle, have welcomed a litter of kits they must protect in a dangerous world. Meanwhile Peter—newly orphaned after the war, wracked with guilt and loneliness—leaves his adopted home with Vola to join the Water Warriors, a group of people determined to heal the land from the scars of the war. When one of Pax's kits falls desperately ill, he turns to the one human he knows he can trust. And no matter how hard Peter tries to harden his broken heart, love keeps finding a way in. Now both boy and fox find themselves on journeys toward home, healing—and each other, once again.

30 review for Pax, Journey Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Pax is back with his mate Bristle and three little kits. Peter has also grown and matured, but is grieved over the loss of his father and bears emotional trauma from the war that has ended. In alternating chapters, Pax deals with the responsibility to provide and protect his family while Peter makes a decision to join the Water Warriors to help bring healing to the land. For both Peter and Pax there will be unexpected obstacles. Will they be reunited? Can Peter work through his grief over so muc Pax is back with his mate Bristle and three little kits. Peter has also grown and matured, but is grieved over the loss of his father and bears emotional trauma from the war that has ended. In alternating chapters, Pax deals with the responsibility to provide and protect his family while Peter makes a decision to join the Water Warriors to help bring healing to the land. For both Peter and Pax there will be unexpected obstacles. Will they be reunited? Can Peter work through his grief over so much loss without a hard heart? Pennypacker gives us an intimate view of Peter's attempts to make a new life as well as the world of the fox. As she did in Pax, the animal characterization is beautifully done. Teachers will want to use this one as a read aloud. Thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss+ for a DRC. Since the ARC did not have the finished illustrations by Jon Klassen, I look forward to getting ahold of a published copy to enjoy the full book experience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Pax, Journey Home is the long-awaited sequel to Pax and is an inspiring and hopeful story about the importance of family and how love can be the ultimate healer. It's been a year since he found refuge with former soldier Vola and Peter who is now mourning his losses while grappling with feelings of guilt and alienation, embarks upon a journey back to his home with two military veterans who are part of a community calling themselves Water Warriors who work to heal the land from the scars of war. Pax, Journey Home is the long-awaited sequel to Pax and is an inspiring and hopeful story about the importance of family and how love can be the ultimate healer. It's been a year since he found refuge with former soldier Vola and Peter who is now mourning his losses while grappling with feelings of guilt and alienation, embarks upon a journey back to his home with two military veterans who are part of a community calling themselves Water Warriors who work to heal the land from the scars of war. He plans to join the Junior Water Warriors and assist with repurposing wartime machinery, buildings and other infrastructure to reclaim the reservoirs, rivers and waterways that were poisoned throughout the conflict by toxicities. He then plans to live alone separated from the others, as at age 13 he feels he is capable and determined enough to be able to make it work. Meanwhile, Pax mates with Bristle and becomes a devoted father to three beautiful kits. When one of them becomes disabled after drinking poisoned water, Pax searches out Peter to obtain his help in saving the kit from certain death in the wild. The selfless sacrifices Pax makes as a father to attempt to save the runt of the litter will warm even the coldest heart. This is a truly exquisite tale for adults and children alike, and it alternates between Peter and Pax’s perspectives to depict the struggles they are both currently facing - one as an animal and one as a human. It's tender, emotionally touching and full of intricate details that make the story shine like a gem. It's a deftly nuanced and stunning novel that highlights injustice especially when it comes to the suffering felt by both children and animals during wartime; those who are so often neglected and not taken into account. However, Pennypacker also emphasises the bonds that emerge among those from different backgrounds who come together to fight against a common enemy. This is a captivating, richly engaging read from beginning to bookend that explores the fragility of the human heart and just how powerful friendship and brotherhood can be. As in the original Pax book, award-winning illustrator John Klassen has once again produced delightful imagery for both the cover art and interior pages. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So heartwarming! I wasn’t sure a sequel could be as moving and lovely as Pax, but this book was that and more. Peter is trying to cut those who love him out of his life so he can avoid being hurt, but he soon learns that there is strength in vulnerabilities.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Grigsby

    I love this continuation of the story of Peter and his fox Pax. A lovely middle reader.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Beautiful story!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars, (I guess?) rounded down. This was a sequel I had no idea was coming, but one that I'm glad exists. One thing I recall disliking from book 1 in particular was the ending, and I can say that this book's ending was far better. As for the rest of the book...well, it varied. I enjoyed Pax's chapters but usually almost always felt like Peter's chapters were a slog. His arc of overcoming the toxic masculinity values his father and grandfather instilled in him permeated his chapters. This bein 3.5 stars, (I guess?) rounded down. This was a sequel I had no idea was coming, but one that I'm glad exists. One thing I recall disliking from book 1 in particular was the ending, and I can say that this book's ending was far better. As for the rest of the book...well, it varied. I enjoyed Pax's chapters but usually almost always felt like Peter's chapters were a slog. His arc of overcoming the toxic masculinity values his father and grandfather instilled in him permeated his chapters. This being a middle-grade book, the themes were very blunt and were hammered in your face over and over again, which grated on my nerves quite often. In contrast, Pax's chapters were adorable and the interactions between him and his daughter, a tiny and inquisitive vixen, were some of the most wholesome moments I've read in a long time. One thing that really surprised me was how dark this book would sometimes get, complete with the boy protagonist going through his “penance” in which he imagines over and over killing his pet fox when he'd first found him, rather than rescuing him. There were some actual animal deaths mentioned as a result of heavily polluted water because of a war too...so, yeah, despite the cover and adorable fox moments, this wasn't exactly a light book at all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    It's been a year since Pax and Peter went their separate ways-- the war is over, Peter has become a wilderness expert, and Pax has his own fox family to take care of now. Once more, they both go on their own journeys, and you never know if you're fated to cross paths with old friends. Pax, Journey Home is a satisfying conclusion that captures the quiet and simmering emotional roller coaster of grief, healing, and revitalization, both within the self and the environment. I love it even more than It's been a year since Pax and Peter went their separate ways-- the war is over, Peter has become a wilderness expert, and Pax has his own fox family to take care of now. Once more, they both go on their own journeys, and you never know if you're fated to cross paths with old friends. Pax, Journey Home is a satisfying conclusion that captures the quiet and simmering emotional roller coaster of grief, healing, and revitalization, both within the self and the environment. I love it even more than the first one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of PAX, JOURNEY HOME, which comes out on September 7th. A lot can happen in one year when friends don’t see one another. Pax and his partner, Bristle, have a litter of young foxes just venturing out into the world. Peter is running from the idea of attachments and a new home and decides to join the Water Warriors to help clean up the waterways after the war. But while Pax is looking for a new home for his growing family, he and Peter cross pat Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of PAX, JOURNEY HOME, which comes out on September 7th. A lot can happen in one year when friends don’t see one another. Pax and his partner, Bristle, have a litter of young foxes just venturing out into the world. Peter is running from the idea of attachments and a new home and decides to join the Water Warriors to help clean up the waterways after the war. But while Pax is looking for a new home for his growing family, he and Peter cross paths once again, and Pax desperately needs Peter’s help to care for his sick daughter. Peter is terrified of opening his heart to another animal, but Pax’s trust in him leaves him no choice but to try and help the kit. Once Peter starts to let down his walls, he’s finally able to begin the process of healing, and he and Pax are both able to find their way home. This emotional read will tug at your heartstrings. I loved watching Pax and Peter reunite and the strong bond that still existed between them. While both characters are hurting, they find comfort in each other’s company and have something of value to offer the other. There’s a strong environmental message that hopeful as humans play a valuable role in cleaning up and restoring the environment after the mess they made. It’s been five years since the first book came out, and I wish I’d taken the time to reread PAX first, so I recommend you add both to your list to read in September.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'll admit that I didn't remember much about Pax which I read 4 years ago. Only that it was a book about a boy and his fox and they got separated. I was initially excited to read about Pax and Peter reuniting. The book starts with Peter finishing his cabin on Vola's property and grappling with his grief and loss deciding to become a water warrior and considering living on his own back in his old home. He still thinks about abandoning Pax a year ago and misses his furry friend. Pax has started a fam I'll admit that I didn't remember much about Pax which I read 4 years ago. Only that it was a book about a boy and his fox and they got separated. I was initially excited to read about Pax and Peter reuniting. The book starts with Peter finishing his cabin on Vola's property and grappling with his grief and loss deciding to become a water warrior and considering living on his own back in his old home. He still thinks about abandoning Pax a year ago and misses his furry friend. Pax has started a family with Bristle and Runt. They are affected by the land ravaged by war and Pax wants to do everything he can to be sure his family including three new kits are safe. When he scouts out to find food, his vixen follows him and he must learn how to keep her safe on the journey. When the water warriors venture out towards Peter's old home, he leaps at the opportunity to visit and finds his old friend. Together, they must help each other learn to love, grow, and let go. This book gets very dark. I understand that Peter is wrestling with grief and belonging but I am not sure how I felt about the ways he processed it. Ultimately the story has a happy ending at least.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace W

    This did not go where I expected and I’m still processing that ending TW for this book include: Blood, Death of parent, Fire/Fire injury, Animal death, Vomit, Car accident

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Connor

    Perfect. I wish I could write like Sara Pennypacker. Never had the description of a hug been so well crafted. This is a story of loss, regret, hope and love, perhaps in that order.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    I absolutely loved this book! While reading it I kept thinking of all the rich conversations I would have with my students if I were still in the classroom. Like the first book, Pax, this book draws you in and tears at your heart. It is perfectly suited for a read aloud because of the cliffhangers and great moral points to discuss. If you have an opportunity to read this, read it and then share it with a young person in your life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Netgalley for an eARC of this book. If you liked Pax, you will like Pax Journey Home. It had been years since I read the first book so it took me a while to recall the events of what had happened. Overall, good book... heartwarming and sweet with a good message.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Many thanks to HarperCollins, via its Balzer + Bray imprint, for making available an advance reader's edition of the sequel to Sara Pennypacker's magnificent Pax. As the ARC did not include the artwork, which I'm "guessuming" will be as magnificent as Jon Klassen's illustrations always are, it is a little difficult to offer a complete review of this book. Nevertheless, I will say that Pennypacker's continuation of Peter and Pax's story is every bit as lovely and beautifully written as the first b Many thanks to HarperCollins, via its Balzer + Bray imprint, for making available an advance reader's edition of the sequel to Sara Pennypacker's magnificent Pax. As the ARC did not include the artwork, which I'm "guessuming" will be as magnificent as Jon Klassen's illustrations always are, it is a little difficult to offer a complete review of this book. Nevertheless, I will say that Pennypacker's continuation of Peter and Pax's story is every bit as lovely and beautifully written as the first book. I had an idea of what was going to happen but didn't guess everything, which was a plus. One of the things I loved most about Pax, however, was its mythic quality; Journey Home seemed to be more rooted in a reality that we can all recognize, including devastation of the environment. But I enjoyed the book and was grateful for the way it ended. And, once the book is available, I will be buying a copy so that I can enjoy those illustrations!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Content warning: Death of animals, death of parents, war I read the first book over two years ago I think? So I barely remember anything that happened, except that the ending was very unsatisfying. So when I found out that a sequel came out, I decided to read it, hoping for a better resolution, which I ended up getting. But in order to get to that better ending, I had to slog through so many pages of dead baby animals, Peter's toxic masculinity and overall extremely unhealthy mindset, and Peter' Content warning: Death of animals, death of parents, war I read the first book over two years ago I think? So I barely remember anything that happened, except that the ending was very unsatisfying. So when I found out that a sequel came out, I decided to read it, hoping for a better resolution, which I ended up getting. But in order to get to that better ending, I had to slog through so many pages of dead baby animals, Peter's toxic masculinity and overall extremely unhealthy mindset, and Peter's "penance", which consisted of him imagining in great detail, over and over, about how he should have killed his former pet fox, Pax, when Pax was a baby. This book is surprisingly dark for a middle grade book. The vast majority of the book is quite grim and (view spoiler)[ the scene where Peter almost shot Pax's daughter terrified and traumatized me although he fortunately didn't end up killing her. (hide spoiler)] The ending was a lot more wholesome than the rest of the book though, fortunately. My favorite parts were the scenes with Pax and his daughter because they were so wholesome together and there was some adorable dialogue. The chapters in Pax's POV were overall superior; I dreaded Peter's POV so much. Another problem I had was that I didn't understand anything about the war at all. Who was fighting whom? Over what? Why? What was happening. This random war is just thrown in with no explanation (unless there was an explanation in the first book that I don't remember.) Anyway, I was going to give this book 3 stars for most of the book, but I'm going to be nice and give it 3.5 stars, rounded up, because of the ending and overall the plot wasn't bad.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    In 2016, I wrote “…embedded in a well-told story that will stay with readers, both young and old, for a long time” about the first book in the story of the fox Pax and his boy Peter. The story has stayed with me for years and I have watched many of my middle grade library patrons discover the entwined sadness and the hope found in it. Now, Sara Pennypacker gives her many fans just what we wanted, maybe even needed, to hear and it is perfection. At the end of the first installment, Peter has foun In 2016, I wrote “…embedded in a well-told story that will stay with readers, both young and old, for a long time” about the first book in the story of the fox Pax and his boy Peter. The story has stayed with me for years and I have watched many of my middle grade library patrons discover the entwined sadness and the hope found in it. Now, Sara Pennypacker gives her many fans just what we wanted, maybe even needed, to hear and it is perfection. At the end of the first installment, Peter has found a home with Vola and Pax is beginning a family with Bristle. “Journey Home” reveals that all is not well with either one of them—Peter has shut himself off from love and is obsessively trying to force any thoughts of belonging and of Pax from his heart and Pax, Bristle and their three kits are in grave danger from the environmental devastation caused by the war. Readers will anxiously read, hoping that all of Pax’s kits will survive, that Peter will begin to love again, and that maybe, just maybe, a boy and his fox will rediscover each other. Text is free of profanity, sexual content, and violence. All libraries serving grades 4-6 should have both Pax books on their shelves. Thanks for the digital ARC, NetGalley and Edelweiss Above the Treeline.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Pax is such a sweet novel, tackling the harsh reality of loss, grief and self-doubt in such a beautiful manner. As with the last novel, I was more drawn to the sections that were told from Pax's perspective. That little fox is one of the most wonderfully created characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. This is an inspiring and hopeful tale that showcases the importance of allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to those close to our heart. It didn't show quite as much violence as the l Pax is such a sweet novel, tackling the harsh reality of loss, grief and self-doubt in such a beautiful manner. As with the last novel, I was more drawn to the sections that were told from Pax's perspective. That little fox is one of the most wonderfully created characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. This is an inspiring and hopeful tale that showcases the importance of allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to those close to our heart. It didn't show quite as much violence as the last one, though it is still shockingly dark for a middlegrade novel, especially with the added environmental issues theme that runs throughout. Simply put, this is a beautiful story. It's a modern classic, that I'm sure I'll be returning to year after year.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Peter and Pax are back with a new story that sees them leading different lives. Pax now has a mate and kits and they live in the forest, but for Peter it’s different. He has lost his emotionally detached father in the war, and has a massive change in his person by shutting away his memories and home with Vola and had joined a post-war healing group. “Journey Home” has that strong emotional pull like it’s predecessor but with a more softer touch. It also has a few surprises that make both Pater a Peter and Pax are back with a new story that sees them leading different lives. Pax now has a mate and kits and they live in the forest, but for Peter it’s different. He has lost his emotionally detached father in the war, and has a massive change in his person by shutting away his memories and home with Vola and had joined a post-war healing group. “Journey Home” has that strong emotional pull like it’s predecessor but with a more softer touch. It also has a few surprises that make both Pater and Pax’s stories heartfelt than bittersweet, and will also bring them together again. A (100%/Outstanding)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Another beautiful story about Peter and Pax (and his family). Deeper into the roots of family and what it means to be wanted and loved, etc. The ending was worth the whole read. The back and forth of the characters remains effective, but I tell you what, the last 5 chapters were so enthralling and heartfelt, they made everything about this book worth it. I am almost certain there will be another book after this one, so I will patiently await its arrival.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Ball

    Arhh, I so loved this book and the ending it’s given to the story of Peter and Pax, but you never know there could be another (I hope so). The story picks up on Peter who is now 13 years old a year later, still struggling with grief. He goes on his own journey to come to terms with it. The story alternates chapters with Pax his old friend and his family. It’s so beautifully written and has an environmental theme running through it. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced co Arhh, I so loved this book and the ending it’s given to the story of Peter and Pax, but you never know there could be another (I hope so). The story picks up on Peter who is now 13 years old a year later, still struggling with grief. He goes on his own journey to come to terms with it. The story alternates chapters with Pax his old friend and his family. It’s so beautifully written and has an environmental theme running through it. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy, a must read sequel with a satisfying ending.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Just beautiful. This sequel is all about grief, regret... and redemption. This series is timeless and so much about emotions and the things we really need in life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    This is a story that will captivate readers with the sweet loyalty of Pax, the struggles Peter carries with him, and the impact of the environment on wild animals. This is a story that just begs to be discussed and reading it to a group of kids would create some strong conversations! While this could be read as a standalone, many parts will make more sense if you have read Pax #1.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda ❣️

    MY HEART I didn’t know how much I needed this story in my life— but now I know I’ll be rereading it yearly 😭😭😭

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Heartrending! Fabulous! As good as, or even better, than Pax, Book 1. I read it as an audiobook.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    For readers who wondered what happened to Pax and Peter after the events of the first book, there's now a second book. Peter is now 13 years old and is having a hard time letting others in, fearing that he'll be hurt. He leaves Vola's, determined to make it on his own. Pax has a family now, 3 kits, one of which is a willful little vixen who follows Pax when he goes off into the wild for a bit. Nature in the area is still recovering from the war and the water is poisonous to many animals, so the For readers who wondered what happened to Pax and Peter after the events of the first book, there's now a second book. Peter is now 13 years old and is having a hard time letting others in, fearing that he'll be hurt. He leaves Vola's, determined to make it on his own. Pax has a family now, 3 kits, one of which is a willful little vixen who follows Pax when he goes off into the wild for a bit. Nature in the area is still recovering from the war and the water is poisonous to many animals, so the vixen becomes ill and Pax has to figure out how to get her help. I'm not sure this story was necessary--I thought the first book stood well on its own, but kids who like animal stories will enjoy revisiting Pax. Art by Jon Klassen was not seen. Review from e-galley.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    ALL THE FEELS!!!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Davenport

    Sweet sequel to the original. A quick, descriptive read. Satisfying sequel to PAX.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    It's been a year seen Pax and Peter parted ways and much has changed for them both. Pax now has a family while Peter has now lost both of his parents. Peter is in desperate need of healing and it is just at this point that Pax reenters his life. Separately, these two books about Pax and Peter, which can be read independently, are beautiful friendship stories. Read together they made one tranformative story about forgiveness, trust, connections, and healing. An absolutely pitch perfect conclusion It's been a year seen Pax and Peter parted ways and much has changed for them both. Pax now has a family while Peter has now lost both of his parents. Peter is in desperate need of healing and it is just at this point that Pax reenters his life. Separately, these two books about Pax and Peter, which can be read independently, are beautiful friendship stories. Read together they made one tranformative story about forgiveness, trust, connections, and healing. An absolutely pitch perfect conclusion to a truly lovely story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Perkins Propes

    As an elementary librarian, I naturally read stacks and stacks of children’s books. Sometimes they seem to blur together, but the first installment of Pax and Peter’s story will likely forever be in my top ten list for which there is much competition. I was an emotional wreck after finishing it and thought about it for months. And yes, apparently that is something my brain enjoys. Lol. So I literally squealed when I first saw the sequel….and then slowly but surely the doubt crept in. Pax was per As an elementary librarian, I naturally read stacks and stacks of children’s books. Sometimes they seem to blur together, but the first installment of Pax and Peter’s story will likely forever be in my top ten list for which there is much competition. I was an emotional wreck after finishing it and thought about it for months. And yes, apparently that is something my brain enjoys. Lol. So I literally squealed when I first saw the sequel….and then slowly but surely the doubt crept in. Pax was perfect. Couldn’t a sequel completely ruin it all? I was hesitant but had to know how the two guys were doing. We meet them again just a year later. Pax has a family now and Peter is doing everything he can to NOT embrace meaningful, familial relationships because of all the loss he’s endured. He needs healing. Pax’s little one needs help. And the two meet again. This sequel didn’t affect me like the original, but I am very glad I read it. It was beautifully written and I do feel better paced. I was a bit disappointed in the resolution, but I also know it was sensible. I appreciate the ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Laurette

    Book is out in September 7th 2021 When I heard that this book was a thing I was so excited, I had only read the first one ‘Pax’ earlier this same year and loved it. I saw that it wasn’t released yet and that there was a giveaway on Goodreads for an ARC version of the book, and knowing that I don’t win a lot of them, I entered. Flash forward a month later and I got a wonderful email letting me know that this time was different and I would be getting an ARC copy! I was so excited and grew even more Book is out in September 7th 2021 When I heard that this book was a thing I was so excited, I had only read the first one ‘Pax’ earlier this same year and loved it. I saw that it wasn’t released yet and that there was a giveaway on Goodreads for an ARC version of the book, and knowing that I don’t win a lot of them, I entered. Flash forward a month later and I got a wonderful email letting me know that this time was different and I would be getting an ARC copy! I was so excited and grew even more so when it showed up on my door. I was able to read this in one day (if you remove the times in between reading that I had to take for work and eating and spending time with family). This book was a really wonderful closing to the ending of ‘Pax’. It answered some questions on what happened with both Pax and Peter after they said their goodbyes. From the cover, you can infer that Pax and Bristle had some kits, and I wish that my ARC had the art in it so I could see how cute they looked, but alas I’ll have to get a final copy once it’s released into the wild. But even without the art in the book I really liked this story and how it connected the stories again in the end. Seeing the way that Peter and Pax looked differently at their families, both related by blood and love, was a really fun way and an insight on ways to deal with grief and guilt. Also how to deal with those who have passed, and how we go about our lives afterwards because of them and the way that they raised us/inspired us. I gave Pax: Journey Home 5 stars because I just loved it so much and it was nice for me to have an ending like that. *No quotes in this as the ARC may be slightly different from the final text sold in stores. Will add quotes once I can compare them to the final text and see if they are the same or changed slightly. Spoilers (view spoiler)[I loved how Jade and Sam played their part in this story for Peter. Trying to get him to accept that he has a very different family now. He has no parents, but he has a grandfather that’s starting to be more emotional and Vola who cares for him as if he was her own. Meanwhile Pax has his own children but knows that his boy is the only thing that can save his daughter. LET ME TELL YOU I THOUGHT PETER WAS GOING TO SHOOT HER I WAS ABOUT TO THROW THE BOOK LIKE HOW HOW HOW! I loved that Peter named the kit Sliver, because she was the ‘sliver or crack in his exterior that let the emotions in’ like Jade said. (hide spoiler)]

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