Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.
He is going to save the world.
And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn’t quite what he thought
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it was ok
Not even something as terrifyingly cuddly as a trio of skydiving “ninja” cats could have won me over to this story.
However, fans of this book/series can keep their dander down as this is not going to turn rant as I have no reason or desire to bash this tale. My angries were not provoked. The writing is fine, the main character is fairly engaging, there’s a decent back-story and nicely drawn diabolical villain.
My less than lofty rating is more a recognition that this sub-genre of light, YA, com
I wanted to enjoy this book because then I’d have several more good books to read after this one, but I was ultimately disappointed. I found the first person, diary pov grating and impossible to get into. The writing also came off as either uninspired or overly wordy when MacHale realized he needed a bit more exposition. Though actually, it was a lot of exposition since everything kept being repeated several times. On top of that, a lot of things happened in the plot just for the sake of the plo
It’s a technically competent book and was well plotted. Unfortunately, there was nothing new in it. Maybe if I were younger and hadn’t read more than a few adventure/fantasy novels, I’d have thought this story was interesting, but as it was, it seemed rather rote. In the end, I’m left not caring at all what happens to Bobby et al. and will drop this series without regret.
it was ok
This was one of my very favorite books in elementary school, so I thought I’d go back and re-read it to see how it holds up. And… well, it’s not as good as I remembered. I can’t pretend I didn’t enjoy it, but a big portion of that enjoyment came from the nostalgia value. There isn’t all that much to recommend the book apart from that. I have lots and lots of thoughts on this book, and I don’t feel like fleshing out a proper review, so here’s a pro and con list.
– The characterization is mo