The Marvelous World, Book One
Age Range: 11 - 13
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Death and destruction reign in this first novel that reads like a shooter video game written by a hip-hop aficionado. A prologue sets up the scenario with the escape of the evil eNoli from the Marvelous World. Louis L. Proof, a regular all-American kid living in suburban New Jersey, is dragged from his everyday life to battle these invaders from the world of Midlandia. From the start, the action is fast, the suspense constant and the story always entertaining. It doesn’t hurt that the young characters—Louis, his cousin Angela and his wise-cracking friend Brandon—are likable and well-developed, as are their Midlandian allies. The evil invaders don’t fare so well, being both cartoonish and predictable. Narrative techniques include an omniscient narrator, bold-faced comments and pep talks, letters and flashbacks. A complex mix of fantasy and science fiction will appeal strongly to adventure fans, gamers and reluctant readers. The combination of ambitious narrative, some overly explicit violent episodes and a few vulgarities will require maturity on the part of readers. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 22nd, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3958-0
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2007