By Gabrielle Mays
Radiance by Alyson Noel revolves around fantasy, adventure, and romance. The setting takes place in a mansion in England. The character is at a place called “Here”, where the time is always now. “Here” is basically the afterlife that the character crossed into after dying. One of the main characters is Riley Bloom. She is twelve years-old with an outgoing personality. She also demonstrates that she is brave when it comes to certain situations in the book. Her role was a Soul Catcher in the afterlife. Riley made her way into the afterlife by dying in a car crash. Another main character is Bodhi. He is Riley’s guide when it came to finding souls, because he was also once a Soul Catcher. Bodhi made his way into the afterlife by dying from cancer. He also likes to dress like a nerd, with his hair pulled back. There were many major events that occurred throughout the book. One main major event that happened is when Riley Bloom died in a car crash along with the rest of her family. When she reached the afterlife, she was sad because her sister survived the crash and wasn’t able to come with her. One other main major event that occurred was her challenge of catching three Radiant Boys’ Souls to bring to the afterlife, “Here”. She searched and searched in a mansion with Bodhi to find the souls. You have to read the book in order to find out if she found the souls or not. This book revolves around one main point. “Will fear and difficulty cause you to give up in a situation?”
Many details were given in the book to provide the answer to the previous universal question. The themes that were stated throughout the book were don’t judge a person by their appearance and don’t give up no matter how hard the situation is. Riley went through many problems when trying to find the three missing souls of the Radiance Boys. She was thinking that she didn’t have the slightest clue what she was in for when it came to looking for the souls. She had to be brave throughout whatever came her way in every event. You couldn’t judge Riley by her looks because she didn’t seem brave or outgoing.