The author inspiration for the book came from her curiosity about "what happens after death" and the Greek mythology of the Underworld ferry story. The cover of the book shows the tone of the story. A boat floating in the quiet lake, the sun shining through the cracks in the dark clouds, the lake shining warmly golden light, and the end of the lake seemed to hide unexpected darkness. It predicts a lot of darkness and difficulties in one's life, but there always has a bright light lead you forward.
Dylan is a 15 years old girl who is the heroine in this book. She was supposed to enjoyed a happy life, but her life was full unhappiness. She is a child of a single parent family and she grew up with her mother. She has nothing to say to her mother. Her school life was terrible, ridiculed by her classmates and her best friend also switched to school. All this made Dylan feel extremely painful. She determined to seek her father that she no longer remember what he looked like so she boarded the train. Unfortunately, the train had an accident in the tunnel. Dylan’s soul leaves her body, and at the other tunnel she met her ferryman: Tristan. They fighters over the mountains; after rain and wind; escaped the devil’s trail; get away from the toxic lake. Finally, they overcome difficulties and successfully pass through the wasteland. In this process, they fell in love with each other. Dylan need cross the invisible barrier that she will arrive safety place which don’t have frightening devils. It’s also means that she will loss Tristan. Because he can’t cross the land between the worlds. But she doesn’t know the truth. When she crosses the barrier, she is sanguine to live with Tristan in this space. However, she is wrong. She was very upset without him. So, she determined to leave this secure space and return wasteland to find her lover. Without the protection of the ferryman, the soul can’t move a step-in wasteland. But Dylan did it. The love for Tristan is strong supports her. She final seek out Tristan after experience numerous risks and hardships. Tristan decided to return with her to tunnel where the accident occurred and tried to change the danger situation under Dylan firm persuasion. Ultimately, Dylan’s soul come back her body. They are return the real world and stay together forever.
Tristan is a ferryman in wasteland. At beginning, he takes his work very seriously and be responsible for every person he to ferry. After he ferried too many selfish and greedy souls, he gradually lost enthusiasm and patience. And he couldn’t find the meaning of his existence. As the beginning of the book description: “he jaded sat on the hillside.” “His cold, clinical eyes were lifeless.” Until he meets Dylan. Dylan is a special girl has pure soul. She never says nasty things about others when she faces the ridicule of her classmates, the incomprehension from her mother, disregard for her teacher. Facing death, she was quiet and calm; facing the invasion of evil, she is brave and strong resistance; facing love, she faced the inner fear, frankly expressed her love. In the face of fate to separate her lover, she stubbornly insisted on a desperate struggle; in the face of other people attacked by evil, she will help; in the face of unknown fear, she does not hesitate, back down, give up. Dylan is different from all the soul he met. Her appearance is like a star in the night，like a lighthouse in the boundless sea that makes his life no longer has arrogant or sarcastic and in high spirits at the prospects. With her bravery and strong influence on him, she constantly helped him overcome the unknown fears and the weakness of his heart and turned all unknowns and uncertainty into a happy meeting. He realized that he is deeply attached to Dylan. He was willing to use his life to protect her across the wasteland and sending her to other safe shore. The power of love is great and keeps the sun out of the haze. Let the confused people are not wandering.
In my opinion, the whole wasteland adventure is actually Dylan's growth process. As the book says: “she was not the same girl who had dithered over packing her teddy bear. She was stronger, braver. She faced danger; confronted her fears. “First step in wasteland, Dylan is a puny soul requires Tristan close supervision and firm control at all times. Back wasteland, she overcome fear that the danger of being devoured by demons and becoming one of them. She triumphed over the solitude of crossing the wasteland by herself. Even though there are myriad hardships and hazards, they can't stop Dylan goes find Tristan. She crossed the dangerous lake that made her almost dead in the center of lake. Fight with the devil to save a child. Because of the lack of love, her heart is an endless wasteland; but return to the wasteland again, due to the love, she become courage, adamancy and nothing was to prevent her. This growth was brought to her by Tristan, and she also gave it to herself. From the moment she decided to return to the wasteland to find Tristan alone, her soul had been sublimated, and she had become a ferry to her soul.
As long as the sunshine of love, however dark and somber, everything will be all right. Even the wasteland will be wantonly covered with dense green. The ferrying is to know the self, return to self, master self. Thanks to the ferryman we met along the way, let we walk steadily. After that, I wish we can meet our soulmate, ferry each other, achievement each other also achievement ourselves! I hope we all ferry ourselves to meet other with courage, faith, tenacity over fear, cowardice, and across the wilderness.