TRISKELLION 2 by Will Peterson


The Burning
Age Range: 11 & up
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The breathless pace begun by authors Mark Billingham and Peter Cocks (writing semi-pseudonymously) in Triskellion (2008) continues unabated in the sequel. Twins Rachel and Adam find themselves in the clutches of the Hope Project, a shady “scientific” organization intent on keeping them from their apparent destiny. While imprisoned, they meet a much younger set of twins, Morag and Duncan, who share the same extrasensory connection. With their nonhuman ancestry now more obvious, forces against them mount: A faceless, robed enemy contributes to their peril after they manage an escape from the Hope compound, aided by Gabriel, the mysterious teen who helped them in the first part of the planned trilogy. Readers unfamiliar with the opening volume will have difficulty picking up the tale in this effort; three brief paragraphs provide insufficient summary. Characterization remains remarkably flat, the plot driven solely by action. Violence is common, with several gory murders committed by both friend and foe as the children are chased across Europe and into Africa. Only for those fans of the first who are dying to read the sequel. (Fantasy. 11 & up)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4223-5
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009