Rating: 5 stars out of 5
On the outside, Micah Johnson seems to have everything. He is proving his worth on the field during his rookie year with his new professional football team, the Fremantle Dockers, but his personal life is a mess. Homesick, three thousand kilometres away from his family and friends on the other side of Australia, Micah isn’t coping. He’s using casual sex, alcohol, and drugs as crutches since he doesn’t feel comfortable approaching his foster family with his problems, and he’s left with nowhere to turn. It isn’t until he experiences a health scare and a friend is rocked by a personal tragedy that Micah realises he does have the strength to succeed at a new life in the West—but he has to learn to ask for help.
Sean Kennedy is a must go author for me. He become one on the strength of his wonderful series Tigers and Devils. Its from that series that the complicated and sometimes self-destructive Micah Johnson sprang. He was a compelling character in Tigers on the Run (Tigers and Devils #3) so it was amazing (and overjoyed Kennedy’s readers when he brought him back in the Get Out series.
What can I say? Use every cliche you want but this series and character just keep getting better and better! Micah Johnson’s propensity for trouble begins early in Tigers and Devils and stays with him all through the first two stories in Get Out. But these things that steer him towards a predilection for self-destructive habits are ones I think most people will recognize. The ability to believe you can handle things yourself…until they blow up, closing yourself off from people who want to help you until its too late…and you’re a teenager to boot. When he finally realizes he needs help? Well, you are almost weeping for joy for him and those that love and support him. Those are just the first couple of books you meet him in.
Then comes Micah Johnson Goes West (Get Out #2). Micah’s world gets upended…again. In a totally believable way. The football draft! And Micah gets all his worst fears and the best thing to ever happen to him all in one.
Sean Kennedy’s writing is just amazing. I get lost in Micah’s story immediately. Lost in his turmoil of emotions and the whirlwind of feelings whipping all around him. Plus the author never loses sight of what’s happening to Micah’s all important support…his family, friends, and mentors, which include Dec and Simon from Tigers and Devils (yes, a wonderful series overflow occurs).
We also travel from Melbourne to Perth, a shock to the system as well, in location and perhaps even in mentality. Smaller, hot, isolated, the relocation to Perth is a shock to Micah’s system in every sense of the word. Kennedy, however, supplied Micah with an incredible host family and mentor, a troubled younger brother Dane to the host football player (an important part of this story) and a greater secondary cast to draw on for the next stories. The Mitchell household (Micah’s football foster family as it were) provides a wealth of storylines and emotional support for everyone here. Trust you, you will end up falling deeply in love with them as well. And don’t get me started on the Dockers organization and team! Loved them!
See? One thing just leads to one more element but Kennedy ties them all together so perfectly, so naturally that the relationships, the work that it takes, the missed steps and yes, the forgiveness…well, it all seems right and very real. And it made me want to get a jersey with Micah Johnson’s name and number on it!
Can you read it as a standalone? I suppose so. But read as part of this series and as even part of Tigers and Devils, you put the characters and their situations in context. Its then becomes this incredible rich tapestry of lives, sports and cities that stays seated deep within your heart and continues to grow in scope with each story the author writes. I need more of this series and as soon as possible. So I hope Sean Kennedy is listening.
Oh and yes, I highly recommend this book, the previous book and Tigers and Devils. So yes to the author too!
Cover art by Catt Ford is simple enough for Micah, the character. Would have loved some element of the Dockers there.
ebook, 186 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Harmony Ink Press
ISBN 1635333644 (ISBN13: 9781635333640)
Series Get Out
- The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson (Get Out #1)
- Micah Johnson Goes West (Get Out, #2)