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I read this book right after reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins and I was amazed at the clever way the author, Ben Burrell, hooked me into the story. And the action/adventure that follows was as engrossing as The Hunger Games saga. I (the reader) felt compelled by the (honest) emotions of the characters and their stories. I could hardly set the book down and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
This is a fantastic book for young teenagers struggling with their own sense of themselves and the world about them. It shows the world in a different light and tells a universal story of the desire for acceptance, the desire for life. It is absolutely an amazing read!
Red Leaves was originally written as a screenplay with the goal of a CG production in mind. The cover shows off the skill that the characters can be rendered in and if it ever happens I will be eager to see it. The story follows the journey of a young man, who is terminally ill, seeking a cure for his condition. When his nurse takes him to find the mythical Red for a cure without his father's permission a journey with far reaching consequences is begun.
The characters were interesting, but an index would have been helpful at the beginning. I had trouble keeping the races straight at first, having to flip to the beginning to keep things straight. Honestly that is not an uncommon experience for me when starting a new series with original species. I really liked the young boy's father and his dedication to finding his son, the abilities he develops are also fantastic.
The whole story following the Token and the temple that can be reached using it has a ton of potential. The only issue is the sudden stop at the end of this book. There is obviously more to come, but there was very little resolution for the book. I really am not a fan of cliffhanger endings so that was a bit of a negative for me, but not something that deducts from the story overall. I believe the second book should be out soon and hopefully it will continue to keep the strength of the story going.
Review copy received from the author.
There is a lot of originality in this dark tale. Burrell writes very well, and with a great deal of invention. I can only find any significant fault in the concentration demanded of the reader. A little more description of each character on first appearance, or an index of characters profiles and key locations, would have helped me. My poor memory, alongside my tendency to skim read, are certainly much of my problem and so I really don't wish to labour the point.
This nice mix of quirky new and well-worn fantasy elements gives plenty of scope to build for ourselves onto the scenery of Burrell's adventure. In my mind, the story emerged as a sort of future-time "scripture" story written in contemporary style. Indeed we have distant absent "gods" or, even if not, certainly their disciples. The "Reds", or rather their legends, are clear reflections of higher power. There are big evil spirits, we never quite know, casting "devil" shadows over the remaining influences of the arborescent Reds. Might the evil be human?
Much of the story suggests that we are reading an epic from a dystopian age, a time of decay from former more civilised times. Some of this strange world's locations seem almost medieval in design, evocative of a new dark age. The token, the sought object of the quest, is in my mind a mystical artefact left over from a more advanced past. I guess a sequel will answer more questions. I will be disappointed if it isn't soon forthcoming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Red Leaves and the Living Token started off kind of slow but once the story gets going, you can't put the book down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rieth is a land filled with three creatures: Zo, Bota, and Petra. The Zo are furry, mammal like creatures, bota are plant like creatures, and the Petra are similar to rocks. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JBronder Book Reviews
Too many grammar and punctuation errors; this book reads like a rough draft. I enjoyed the story line, but probably will not read another because of distractions from so many... Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Kelley
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I assume the final edition had much better editing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pat1360
I just started reading this and was curious as to what others thought about it. So far I just have this to offer for those who will be reading it or are now and are having... Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This is part of a fantasy story for children which ends with a lot of unanswered questions for the next part. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Teritree001971
I won this in a First Reads Giveaway.
Recommend: For those fantasy lovers looking for something different
Pros: Original character races; action and suspense;... Read more
Emret, thirteen, is terminally ill. Confined to a wheelchair and in the hospital for what will be his final care, he is hardly the archetype of a superhero. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Sandra Iler Kirkland
I used to be an avid reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction but have moved away from the genre in more recent decades. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Linda Parkinson-Hardman
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