Book 3: Chewy Noh and the March of Death
Chewy Noh should be happy. He has a best friend like no other, and, by using his secret abilities, has found a way to connect Korea and America forever to keep him.
Unfortunately, none of this matters after Death’s messenger comes to tell him that he has one week left to live!
Knowing his death is coming soon, Chewy scrambles to figure out a way to avoid death, but every direction he turns seems to lead him further and further away from his goal—a dead body, a missing person, and, at the heart of it, the secret that started that it all. In the end, Death might just come out on top.
With this title, I wanted to keep to the theme of seasons as the first book represents fall, and the second one, winter. However, the events in this book happen in such a short time frame, I wanted to at least mention the time of year it was: March. On top of this, I wanted the word to have a second meaning, that being the constant moving forward of something–in this case, Death–as Yeomra, the death god, is now actively pursuing Chewy. In the story’s prologue, we see Death state his plan to undo Chewy, and the rest of the book is putting it into action, or, thus, marching forward.
To J.J. Byun
Sadly, the Chewy to my Clint
The dedication of this book is to one of my students. He is the one whom I started it with as a writing project. He’d write his book and I mine–something like tandem writing. We were not in it to collaborate, but he did inspire certain aspects of Chewy, as did many of my other male students.
This book, however, is personally dedicated to him because of the Korea that is described in the book, and a particular social event that is hashed out by Su Bin, Chewy’s cousin. It was a boat accident that killed many people, and I personally feel it was handle wrong by all involved: the boat company, the government, and especially the media. This event then lends itself as a major piece to the theme of the book and just one theme of the entire Chewy Noh series.
Again, my brother designed the cover. In it, you find the classic Chewy title in yet another color. However, the image itself represents the main event of the book as well as some of the new elements.
Of course, lying in the middle, there is Chewy. He dies in this book and so here we see his funeral. o be noted, the people around the casket are not characters in the story and have no general importance, rather it is the flowers they hold that are. In the book, Chewy learns of the magic So-chon flower garden, to which he must travel. Through this trip, he returns with many new, powerful flowers to help him along the way, though they prove to be much less helpful than expected.