Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.
Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.
In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.
He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.
Carry the Ocean is on my short list of favorite m/m books ever. So when I saw this sequel I was both crazy psyched and a little scared – because how can a book so awesome have a sequel without messing up my couple? Well – don’t worry. There is tiny bit of relationship angst – yes – but most of this is about our dear, dear boys working together against a common enemy and – for me at least – this is a story about Jeremey and his continued struggle with depression.
I cried several times while reading/listening to this – Jeremey’s struggle is still so very real and Emmet’s support is unwavering and so amazing. In addition we also have David and Darren and all the other people who come out to support our guys – it’s just so hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time!
Emmet’s solution for Jeremey’s depression was heaven sent and absolutely brightened my entire day. I was so pleased for them both – Heidi has made me invested in these guys – like family.
I also cried because the political struggle these guys face is our new reality and it hurts my heart so, so much. I HATE that we now live in a world where ignorance and hate and selfishness take precedence over love and compassion and understanding. I won’t point fingers – I think we all know what/who I’m talking about. I love that Emmet and Jeremey collaborated again to find another solution to the bigger problem of their funding and how – by overcoming some of their own issues – they are able to help others as well.
Heidi Cullinan is a gifted writer, who obviously spent time researching and understanding these characters. This is a wonderful book with both hopeful and painful messages that will surely inspire. For fans of the first book this is a must and if you haven’t read the first book you are seriously missing out – it is an amazing series and I can’t give it enough stars.
Iggy Toma does another amazing job with this. I think Emmet is spot on and I LOVED Darren’s computer voice! I was so pleased to see these books on audio with such a gifted narrator.
Though Emmet and Jeremey’s romance is solid, the nature of their situation means they’ll have to continually “work” at their relationship in ways that some might take for granted. I was pleased to see that the wedding itself wasn’t the main cause of angst. However, the scary health care system isn’t really fiction, is it?
What I liked most, is the sense of hope that Heidi’s story gives us and the idea that anyone can do anything if they put enough love and faith and support into it. I would love to see David’s story or Darren’s but I don’t know if Heidi has other stories planned.
This is absolutely on the list of my top favorite books/audiobooks/series ever. Highly recommeneded.
6 of 5 stars
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