A Divinely Curious Satire
Raychel finds herself standing between the gates of heaven and hell and discovers that Free Will is a real thing. She is told that she must spend seven days on a visitor’s pass in each realm, and then after fourteen days, use her Free Will to choose where she will spend eternity. This is a humorous, quick read.
No swearing or use of deity as a swear word (dang, darn, and other substitutes okay)
May contain mild crude humor appropriate for preteens and up
No sex, or talking about having sex
May contain mild kissing
May contain brief description of non-sexual nudity
May contain brief violence or bullying (non-sexual)
No drug, alcohol, or tobacco use by minors
May contain mild use of drug, alcohol, or tobacco by adults
What Readers Are Saying:
I'm always a little concerned about reading books written by friends. What if I don't like it? What will I say? But I don't think there is even a slight chance at that with anything written by Diana Kathryn Plopa.
Free Will was about as different as you can get to organized religion. It is written as a satire about what could happen if we got to pick where we spend our afterlife. The main character finds that she has to spend seven days in Heaven and in Hell after her death. Both places go against everything she has been taught in life.
This book was very entertaining and thought provoking. I loved the ending and would have picked the same thing if I were to have had those options. This is a must read for anyone who loves to read a great book with fun and memorable characters. I can't wait to read more of Diana's work! ~Marianne Wieland
"I'm always hesitant to read independently published works as they are either really good or the writing is simplistic, repetitive, and I end up questioning how the author thought their work was good enough to publish. Free Will is the first option.
From the first word, I was engrossed in the story of Raychel, a recently deceased woman who finds out that she must spend seven days in Heaven and seven days in Hell before she chooses where she would like to spend her afterlife. As I was reading, I was vacillating between where I wanted her to end up, and I was happy with her end decision. One of my favorite things about this book are the secondary characters. They all have such unique, larger than life personalities that make them stand out, but not outshine Raychel.
This is one of the most unique, thought provoking novels I've read in a long time. It's a light, easy read that makes you think about your own mortality and what you would choose if you were in Raychel's shoes. It's one part satire, one part romance, and all around entertaining. "
"Just finished reading Free Will...A Divinely Curious Novel by Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa. Good book, fun read. Buy it, you'll like it!!!" ~Barb Caldwell
"Raychel has a problem and an interesting dilemma. First, she's dead. And it's problem because everything she's been told the afterlife would be isn't quite living up to expectations. There's a choice to be made while staying at an inn in Purgatory, one that will decide where she'll spend her eternity. Will she choose to go to Heaven or Hell? To help her make up her mind--because the Powers That Be don't like mistakes--she's given two 7-day passes to spend upstairs and downstairs. Then, once her visits are complete, she'll be in a better frame of mind to decide her fate. Or will she?
My eyes were glued to the pages during Raychel's journey, mostly because I started to panic wondering what it would be like if Heaven actually was how it's portrayed in the story. Hell isn't much better and the strength of Diana Kathryn Plopa's Free Will is in making us uncomfortable by presenting readers with a perfectly valid "what if..." tale.
No spoilers here how it ends or what decision is made. There's a whole lot of imagination that went into Free Will and it shows. I actually wanted more and when I say that, I mean there were whole days spent in Hell that went unaccounted for. Many questions were raised, possibilities offered (the opportunity to look people up and talk to them), etc. that I wish had been explored more during the time that wasn't mentioned. It may have been an editing decision to keep the book down to a certain length. I don't know. What was felt to be missing was noticeable, though. Again, not a bad thing since it's better than wishing a story would end. As a reader, I wanted more.
Perhaps DKP will visit this world she's created again, only through the eyes of another newbie. It's certainly a fertile place for stories."
~ Kristoffer Gair
What Readers Are Saying:
"I must admit, that at first, I was slightly skeptical about reading this book, but I never turn down an opportunity to read a new to me author. So, I started reading the book. At first, the story seemed a little crazy and slightly off to me, and it's for sure not something I have ever read before. This story has quite a unique twist to it. I was just as confused about the story as the character, Raychel, was. I was actually kind of confused and yet intrigued by it all. I know that this book is fiction, but it really got me thinking about the real Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. This story reeled me in so much that I was hanging onto every written word on the turn of every page. I couldn't put this book down. This author is a pure genius and the story-line really kept me guessing. Everything I thought I had figured out was wrong as each turn of events were unraveled. I loved Raychel and her attitude toward everything she saw. Absolutely nothing kept her from seeking out answers, even though some of them were vague. This author did a fabulous job bringing this book to life and making me feel as if it was real and all the events that happened were real. As the events unfolded, I was able to have a vivid picture in my mind of what was happening. I must say 'BRAVO' to the author for writing such a captivating story. I believe that this book would be fun to watch on the big screen and deserves an award for its uniqueness and originality. This book not only gets my five book review, but a standing ovation too. I highly recommend this story to all adults. It's memorable and fun read." ~Jenny Bynum
"This was a thought-provoking book as well as a romance. The story has the main character living seven days in heaven and seven days in hell after death to make a choice on where to spend eternity. Neither place is as you would imagine. Great ending and unexpected." ~Diana Duell
"Not as much a plot-driven novel as the author's version of The Afterlife. The characters exist - even after death - to project the author's tongue-in-cheek description of Heaven and Hell ... and that other place. The book is an interesting exercise in re-defining.." ~Harold
"This book had an interesting take on life after death and it was written in an easy to read format. It was quick to get through and somewhat fun to read." ~Chrisa
"This book was a very different perspective. Very Interesting."
"A very cute story that reads almost like a modern Divine Comedy. Instead of boring, stuffy Dante, we follow Raychel after she meets her demise...and she can test out both Heaven and Hell to see what suits her better. With a colorful cast of characters that act as her guides, Raychel reveals very intricate worlds that are fun to explore.
"This one was a lot of fun to read and definitely had some thought-provoking scenes. An easy read, rather light so quick to consume and enjoy." ~Chelsea Gouin
A Different Perspective on the Afterlife!
"A very different perspective on the afterlife. I very much enjoyed going along for the ride. No spoilers here, but, honestly... I fell like I would have ultimately made a similar choice!" ~Andrew Lark
"Diana's imaginative romp through a speculative afterlife was a fast paced adventure story. The main character, Raychel, is bombarded by the many contradictions between her expectations of both Heaven and Hell and their startling realities. The reader is pulled head long with Raychel's tour and feels her frustration and awe in their very bones. Even the author's take on Purgatory leaves the reader uneasy and never sure what to expect next. We hear Raychel's inner thoughts delivered with familiar references to today's popular culture and find that the afterlife is just as interconnected as poor mortals here on Earth. Raychel herself is no ordinary mortal. She asks more penetrating questions than any newly dead person ever has and learns more about the two environments that she must choose between than any other. Her final choice is bold, kind and defiant, just as is her soul. Diana has conceived of a hero whom we can all aspire to; a hero who knows how and when to break the rules and find a third way to personal paradise. So, engage your own Free Will to buy it, read it and love it today!"