Book Reviews

Moment of Impact by Rene D. Schultz

I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The days I spent waiting for an email from the publishers after I requested this book were tough. I was in a constant state of excitement; I wanted to be approved so bad! Straight A exam results haven’t made me as happy as the approved stamp did. I love the whole idea of plots discussing how people’s lives change after a tragedy. I went in with high expectations and this book did not disappoint.

Goodreads synopsis:
28242700Seven people board a train to Los Angeles. In that one ‘moment of impact’ the train crashes, and their lives will change forever. Some will live, some will die, but the tragic rippling effect will leave many lives and families shattered, as they try to pick up the pieces. Take their journey…

“In any given ‘moment of impact’ lives will change forever. Whether good or bad, there is no going back to before. So, as much as we try, or do not want to—we must always continue to take small steps forward. This pushes us through the pain and sorrow, for if we lose the will to live…we lose that chance for a new beginning.” ~Rene d. Schultz


There are 7 main characters in this book. They all board a train that crashes. This book is about how that one moment of impact changed their lives forever, for better or for worse. Each character gets their own POV as a chapter. The author has written the characters well. There are some characters that a reader can relate to and will be rooting for. Every character who survives the crash shows immense character growth.

The world of this book is not really portrayed in a detailed way. This is an entirely character driven book. There is not much scope for describing the setting anywhere except for the train crash. Where a scene of high magnitude such as the train crash could be ruined with too much dumping of description, Schultz handles it with perfect literary finesse.

There’s not much to say about the writing style. There’s too much information dump about how each character feels. We are told how the characters feel, rather than shown. To me, this was jarring. This was one of the few things that was not great about the book.

There were several motivational things about the book. Two lines that stood out to me were:

Everyone’s lives are filled with moments that will change them forever. It’s how you choose to deal with those sudden changes that will make the difference in your life.

Overall, this is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who likes encouraging, feel-good novels. A lot of family values are depicted brilliantly. This book will give the reader hope, it will make the reader want to carry on despite all odds.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Do you like reading books about how people cope after tragedies? What did you think of the review? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti


9 thoughts on “Moment of Impact by Rene D. Schultz

    1. I think what makes the book interesting is that most of the survivors learn to live life to the fullest. Towards the end, it even advocates that we should always keep moving forward. It may be tragic in the beginning but it takes a turn to the feel-good variety halfway through. 🙂

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  1. The synopsis sounds interesting but 7 main characters, is it hard to keep up? Also this kind of read reminds us that we shouldn’t take life for granted, anything can happen and when it does, it’s really hard to pick up where life was left off. Great review! I know what you mean about being excited for a book and then get approved for it 😊

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    1. I like reading books with multiple main characters. I’ve had no difficulty keeping up with it. I think you wouldn’t find it hard to keep up with in this book, either.

      You make a good point about not taking life for granted. That is one of the main themes in this book. If the writing were a little better, I’d give it a higher rating. You should check it out, too. You may like it.😊

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  2. Thank you Shruti, so much for the great review! I see you got the meaning of the book! So often we hear about crashes, but we never know about those innocent people involved. They become faceless to us, as their real life’s struggles just begin. This is my insightful way of putting a face to those people! I write ‘reality fiction’ everyone can relate to… 🙂 Rene D. Schultz

    There will be a sequel about Austin…

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for giving us this wonderful book, Rene! I get what you mean about reality fiction. That was the main reason I wanted to get approved to read this book so bad!

      …and a sequel about Austin?! It’s a good thing you can’t hear my fan girl screeches! In other words, I’ll definitely be first in line to read it!😊


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