I don’t normally review books, but this one needed to be reviewed. So here it is.
I had two people recommend this book (and the rest of the series) to me, so I decided to try it. After getting extremely annoyed at my library’s e-book selection, I figured out how to put the book on hold (it was a new library, with a different system…I’m not completely computer-illiterate, I swear), and when I got to the library, I picked it up. I realized, then, that I had no clue what the book was even about. Oops. But, really, if someone who has good book tastes and whose opinion I respect and/or value recommends a book to me, there’s a good chance I’ll try it. Especially if it’s two someones. (Unless there’s a lot of said someones. Then I have a bad habit of avoiding the book like the plague. Hence why I haven’t read Divergent yet. Oops.)
Anyway, for those people who actually like to know what they’re reading before they put it on hold, here’s a summary stolen—ahem, borrowed—from Amazon, with my actual review following it.
All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost—an orphanage in the swampland of New Jersey. Covertly reading old comic books is Jack’s only solace. But his life changes forever when he meets an emissary from a secret country called the Imagine Nation, an astonishing place where all the fantastic and unbelievable things in the world originate. Including Jack.
Jack soon discovers that he has an amazing ability—one that could make him the savior of Imagine Nation and the world beyond…or the biggest threat they’ve ever faced.
I went into the book with not much expectation, since I barely knew anything about it, but I had heard it was good. Hopefully it really was good as I’d heard. The first sentence caught my interest pretty quickly, which is always good. I ended up getting stuck at a little church on Monday for twenty minutes while my brother was part of a “meeting” thing for a Boy-Scout-like-troop-thing that he’s in, but I didn’t mind, because I had my library book! Yay! My mom started teasing me about how I was being so “loud” while I was reading. Ha-ha.
Anyway. The more I read, I realized, the more I was enjoying it. I liked Jack fairly well. He seemed like an interesting protagonist, and his “ability” was also pretty interesting. The other characters I liked, too. Particularly Jazen, though I don’t really know why.
I think, though, the thing I liked the best about the book was the setting. I’m not really sure why, but I thought it was awesome. I enjoyed seeing the different parts of the Imagine Nation. There wasn’t a whole lot of description, but I thought it was really cool anyhow.
The other thing I really enjoyed was the ending. In my experience, an ending can make or break a book, sometimes. If the ending is not very good, it kind of screws up my perspective of the entire book. But I didn’t have this problem here, thankfully.
In fact, the only issue I had with the ending was that my mom decided sixty pages until the end was the perfect time to have me make tacos for dinner. I also just so happened to have after-dinner dishes that day, so I spent about two hours trying to act civil with my siblings until I could go back to the book and finish the climax. I think I did okay. Maybe my siblings have finally learned that talking to someone who’s been interrupted from an exciting part of their book is not good for their health. I get…kind of cranky and snappy.
Anyway, throughout reading the book, I kept thinking that this book would make a really cool video game. If there isn’t one already, someone needs to write one.
Brain, why are you reminding me of those IOS programming books I have on the shelf? Oh yeah, right, I’m supposed to be reading them and learning it…
Overall, I think I’d give this book about four and a half out of five stars. I can’t decide if I should round that up or down, so I’m just going to leave it at the half. I’m definitely going to read the second book.