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Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Journal of Curious Letters

The Journal of Curious Letters. Book one of the The 13th Reality

By James Dashner
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 13, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1590388313
ISBN-13: 978-1590388310
What do you do if you get a strange letter in the mail telling you the that there is a danger to all reality and you might be able to help fix it?
Most of us would just think it a joke and ignore it. However, 13 year old Atticus Higgenbottom takes the other path and sets into motion a series of strange events that takes him on the adventure of a lifetime.
The strange letter from M.G. is followed by twelve more letters. Each letter is a clue to a riddle that Atticus, a.k.a. Tick, must solve if he is to assist in the attempt to save all of reality.
He is joined by several other children from around the globe in this quest. He meets strange and mysterious people, people who do not come from our reality. It seems that the war to save all reality is real and there are people on his side.
James Dashner has woven a strong tale of adventure and mystery that will appeal to the readers. Tick is a fun character, the kind of kid you would want as a younger brother. He is an average kid, maybe a bit smarter than most, but he leads a normal life until he is thrust into a situation most people would avoid. The appeal of his personality pulls you in and leaves you rooting for Tick and his friends.
The book is the first in a series revolving around the fight to defend reality from a rogue agent bent on destroying all the realities and remaking the universe in her image. I am looking forward to the next book.


James Dashner said...

Hey, thanks for the great review. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you liked it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Ron,

That's pretty cool that the author visited your blog.