Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong ...
Guys. Wow! Now, I liked Rick's work before with the Percy Jackson series, but this, hands down, tops it. I was given a copy of this for my birthday last year (see, my TBR list is humongous), and now that I read it, I can't wait to get my hands on the other two. Here's why:
Humor - it is rampid and plentiful. Even though the story begins with a character waking up (isn't there some kind of taboo about this?), I was cracking up so hard that I didn't care. Yet in the humor, there's always this great balance of laughs and seriousness - you're laughing one minute and your jaw hangs open the next. Nicely played, Rick.
Pacing - solid throughout, never a dull moment, and it has a wealth of characters with their own unique voices. It's fun getting into a new adventure with different characters in the Percy Jackson world, even if some aspects of the story are repeats of previous works (a coin turns into a sword this time instead of a pen).
Race Against Time - huge fan of this storytelling trope, as they have a goal to reach before the solstice. If gives the characters a deadline which forces them to focus and deal with the problem. This device was used well here, at times overwhelming the characters, which is great to read as it gives them higher stakes to deal with.
All in all, this is a great read, and another great example of a MG novel that doesn't adhere to the "rules" (there's boyfriend/girlfriend stuff in there). It's also in third person, a change from the Percy Jackson series. I think Rick does a better job in that perspective. If you have any doubt, read for yourself. You can find a copy here.
Are you a Riordan fan? Have you read this book? Do you want to? If you read it, what did you like about it/favorite parts of it?
I'm David, and death in battle is honorable (that's comforting ...)