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Tunnels Hardcover – December 10, 2007
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Praise for the Tunnels series:
"Compelling." —Booklist, starred review
"Exciting." —Kirkus Reviews
"Thrilling." —The Columbus Dispatch
"Nonstop action for readers who aren't afraid of the dark." —School Library Journal
"An amazing world—with astonishing twists and surprises hiding around every corner." —www.teenreads.com
"Fantastic fun—has a claustrophobia and griminess all its own.Well paced, exciting, and-in places-frightening. (You have been warned.) The danger in the darkness is very real and is well worth the wait." —Philip Ardagh
Top Customer Reviews
Sadly, the problem with `Tunnels' lies not within the inventive and fascinating storyline, but in the narrative and aspects of character development. The first third of the book lacks pace, and runs the risk of losing all but the resilient by the time young Will Burrows finds The Colony on page 171. Another anomaly is the presence of two clear writing styles. This often leaves the reader off-kilter. And despite a book that runs for 460+ pages, the characters lack depth. In fact, it is difficult to connect to most of the characters, including the protagonist.
So, you may well ask why is this reviewer giving Tunnels three stars? Well, I can see massive potential and clear scope in subsequent books. I suspect that by the end of this story people will gauge the whole rather than individual parts. I will be in line to read book two. Only then will one be able to judge, inexorably, just how deep Tunnels will really go.
Don't get me wrong it's not totally Terrible, there are some nice Ideas in here, but the writing is just terrible. There is definitely lots of better books out there.
Since then, I'm sure he's been on the lookout for the "next big thing". Apparently the wait is over. In what's touted to be the "next Harry Potter", Mr. Cunningham has signed another unknown author, or rather pair of authors, Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. Gordon and Williams had previously self-published their book as "The Highfield Mole". After what I'm sure was exhaustive marketing analysis, the book's title has been changed to "Tunnels".
It's an unfair comparison to call a new book the "next Harry Potter". It's akin to saying a company is the "next Microsoft" or an up-and-coming band is the "next Beatles". There is no way any book will live up to the hype. And this book should not be compared to Harry Potter. It is its own animal. And it's pretty good.
"Tunnels" is interesting and entertaining - eventually. I won't recap the plot here because you can read the official description above. The problem is that it takes 170 pages before anything happens. I almost gave up on it. None of the characters introduced in the first third of the book are compelling. They just don't come to life.
Also, the writing in the first part of the book isn't that great. It's too wordy and over-laden with adjectives. It also suffers from "adverb disease" ("Will said quietly", "Rebecca said triumphantly", "Chester said awkwardly"). It's a chore to read.
Then Will and Chester go underground. The writing improves in the second half of the book as things begin to happen and some interesting characters emerge.Read more ›
Will Burroughs, his father and his friend Chester unfortunately find out when they dig underground looking for remnants of our past, hoping to find wonderful artifacts to collect. This is the first of a six book series that you will want to read to the very end. Written for young people the books are just as attractive to adults. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, and make sure to keep your hands away from your mouth or you will chew your nails off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked the book because it is difficult to find a book that will fit both a girl and a boy. It could have done without the under aged drinking and violence but sadly that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth A. Dunn
I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it! It has its slow moments close to the beginning but it needs them as it all starts to barrel toward the ending. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark Asher
My son did not know this was part of a series when we purchased it on clearance at the discount book sale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. Heiss
Tunnels, the series, is totally amazing. I highly recommend this series to teens and adults.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book It came to me as a surprise. For the past two years, my nephew has been urging me to read it when I kept passing it by. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather Pearson
Exploring a hidden world within an endless series of mysterious underground passages is, in my mind, quite possibly the perfect premise for an adventure book aimed at young boys. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M.R. Wallace