The Unloved Boy by Sharique Zea is a realistic tale that follows the journey of a young man as he seeks to fulfil his destiny and protect what he treasures most. Jason has never felt loved. Raised by step-parents, he becomes used to spending many hours dreaming about his future. When he finally gets the opportunity to live the life of his dreams — home, love, and happiness — evil threatens to destroy everything. Does he have enough fight in him to save the ones he deeply loves or will the need for self-preservation stop him?
The Unloved Boy melds two worlds — the paranormal and the ordinary world in which Jason has strove to find a home — and the author succeeds in creating a world that is exciting for readers to navigate. The protagonist is a character who instantly wins the sympathy of readers. He is a fifteen-year-old boy who wallows in misery, unloved and uncared for. That is enough premise for readers who enjoy realistic characters. When Jason finally finds people who accept and love him, he gets to the verge of losing everything. Motivation is intelligently written into this beautiful, evenly-paced story, and while readers will root for Jason, they will want other characters to be developed even more. The hero of the story is believable and there are wonderful moments that are cleverly captured. Jason's sense of love and courage will rub off on readers as they follow his struggle to protect those he loves. The Unloved is an enjoyable read!