Sunday, June 7, 2009

Book Review #769
The Perils Of Quad by Carl Joglar
Rating: three stars (out of four)

The first sentence was excellent.  It left me intrigued.  Without even thinking, I was already reading the next couple of lines.  The story was fairly good about keeping you hooked and guessing.  I don't remember ever being bored.  After I put it down, I found that the story would wander around in my head for a little bit.  I was impressed with all the science fiction elements, I just wished that they had been a little more developed.  The main character, Bodi, was likable.  I loved all his other "names", especially the robotic version.  The beginning of this book was a tad bit different from the middle and the ending.  It was a little slow going, but once things got up to speed, it went along fairly smoothly.  I absolutely loved the way Carl threw in all assortments of words that have faded from everyday use.  The style of language was superb and I enjoyed seeing some of my favorite words in print.  

I was pretty caught up in the story.  There were several parts throughout the book where the story would shift suddenly and I would go, "what?" then "no way!" and eagerly turn the page to see what would happen next.  But along with those startling discoveries were some loose ends.  There were just a couple bits of things that never got explained, or dropped out of the picture completely.  They were slightly unnerving, but I was easily able to forgive them because of the general feel of the rest of the story.  I would have liked it if some of the other characters were a little more developed - like Phoenix and Bodi's mother.  Some parts of the story were a little disconcerting.  The story would jump from one spot to anther with just a sentence.  I would have liked some more closure before jumping off to the next segment.  

I really enjoyed this book.  It kept me reading. The story was engaging, and I wanted to know what would happen next.  My only complaints were some unmentioned plot details, scenes I wanted more fleshed out, and slightly jarring switches from scene to scene.  This book reminded me of Maximum Ride by James Patterson crossed with science fiction, only not nearly as violent and graphic.  I would recommend.

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