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Troubletwisters: Book 1 Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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"[An] enjoyable romp." — Publishers Weekly
"Full of adventure and the unexpected, the first book in Nix and Williams's new series is delightfully twisted. The pacing is perfect, the setting is eerily dark, the faceless Evil rings true, and the resolution is satisfying." —Booklist
"This gripping fantasy for the middle-grade set delivers magic and delightful dollops of ick." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
New York Times-bestselling author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, and has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.
Top Customer Reviews
We finally quit without finishing it about 1/2 way through (something we virtually NEVER do) and went on to read something else. Didn't find it worth our time to continue waiting for the story line to pick up. Sorry, but if you haven't hooked me by the half-way point, you haven't done your job as an author.
I'm in charge of an elementary school library, so I've read a LOT of juvenile/young adult books, both good and bad, so that I can try to match kids up with books that would interest them. I would definitely rank this with the "bad" and not recommend it to anyone.
I got bored with this about 1/3 through, hung on to the halfwayish point and I'll be honest, I won't waste more time on this. It's lousy, it's not worth it to finish. I'd rather go on and read something else.
So with that pedigree, you would expect "Troubletwisters" to be a heckuva fantasy novel, younger readers or no. However, it's merely "good," not "excellent" -- Nix and Williams spin up some truly evocative, sometimes horrifying fantastical situations, and have lovely prose. But the good vs. evil conflict feels kind of simplistic.
After a bizarre incident destroys their house, twins Jaide and Jack are left at their Grandmother X's house, in a small seaside village. The twins soon realize that there's something strange about this place, with doors no one can see and cats that talk -- but then even stranger things happen, with hordes of insects attacking them for no reason.
Eventually, their grandmother has to explain what is going on -- it turns out that an ancient, nameless Evil is trying to devour everything in our world, and her town is one of the places where it can break through. Now the twins must call on their own burgeoning "troubletwister" powers, or risk losing everything...
"Troubletwisters" suffers from being rather... typical. The plot is your basic "kids go to a strange place and discover they have special powers to stop the Forces of Evil" storyline, and both the Evil and the good guys are rather vaguely outlined. So for the first hundred-or-so pages, it feels like we've been here before.
But the plot and writing really take off once the Evil's nature is revealed, and the pedestrian concept blossoms into a fantasy thriller.Read more ›
In the "Seventh Tower" series you get six books. Again, the first book is great; good, complex fantasy world, interesting plot, attractive protagonists, and well paced action. You can skip right to volume six, ("Violet Keystone"), and not miss anything important to the resolution of the story.
"Troubletwisters" seems to follow that pattern. The twin heroes have a good dynamic. Nix cuts out the sibling rivalry stuff before it gets too old. The parents are not lame, but actually are part of the story. Not to introduce any spoilers, but the gifts of the kids' and the good versus evil world they enter is finely imagined. The cat characters are a hoot.
The problem is that most of the book consists of people telling the kids that "the time is not yet right to answer your question". The kids start coming off as pretty clueless as their situation becomes increasingly obvious to the reader, while they wander around wondering what's going on.
This sounds like more severe criticism than it really is. This book is head and shoulders above most current "kids come into their surprising powers" stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kind of slow at first,but overall, this was a great and enjoyable book. This book also has a great ending.Published 6 months ago by Mom to a Busy Guy
I loved the suspense you give us readers in your book. Having a passion for writing,I enjoyed the description and vocabulary you used. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kayla Ritchie
Kind of hard to follow. I like action books, and there was not a lot of action in this book. I'm not going to read the second.Published 16 months ago by Stephen Geremia
Awesome but If you get scared easily not the book for you. Also if you get sick easy not for you
The book made no sense and was the least creative book you could ever read. The whole time I was wanting to read other things. I threw the book out. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sam Braun
I thought the 1st part was sort of boring but it get's exciting at the end.
It is a sort of a strange book but also sort of good
troubletwisters kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! i could not (and would not) stop reading this book. DEFINITLEY worth it. behold!Published on August 7, 2013 by random
This book is a collaboration between two of Australia's best-known authors -- Garth Nix, author of the brilliant Old Kingdom trilogy and Seven Keys series, and Sean Williams, a... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by EA Solinas
Only after I pushed myself, hard, to finish slogging through this book over the course of a few weeks (picking it back up each time to read some more always felt like homework... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by LiteralDan