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Under Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 25, 2012
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I am not usually a fantasy or youth fiction reader, but was attracted to Wildwood because of its Oregon setting and young Oregon author. Wildwood and its creatures were well drawn, so that I was able to suspend disbelief and become involved in the story. In the first volume I only wished that the book moved a bit more quickly, in order to keep the reader more excited as we explored Meloy's world.
Under Wildwood has the episodic urgency I missed in Wildwood. Once again we join Curtis and Prue, children who are so well written that we believe the story, because we believe in them and through them we believe what they see and experience. We also get to know Curtis's sisters, Elsie and Rachel, who are left in a rather ominous orphanage by their parents so that they can travel to Africa. The movement between their story and events in Wildwood keeps the story exciting.
Meloy's writing is rich and picturesque. His words are well chosen, elaborate, and surprising yet fulfilling in their perfection. It is easy to imagine this very visual work as a movie. Unlike too many writers of youth fiction, he demonstrates a deep understanding of subjects as diverse as Japanese folklore and Russian literature. I could swear he has gotten into my bookshelves.
As an audiobook listener, I was pleased with the narrator change for the second book.Read more ›
Unfortunately, Under Wildwood also does what I hate most about series and ends halfway, with the third book promising to finish up this particular quest. The comperably involved, extended journey suits the darker tone, but I'd still prefer a finished story; this is why I tend to avoid series. But I'm invested in Wildwood, enjoyed this installation, and will see it through. I don't believe these are new classics, but they have a certain beauty, especially for a St. John's resident: the location shines, as much a character as Prue or Curtis, and the series has a well-defined, unique tone that refuses to grow stagnant. I recommend it.
I believe Prue is around 12 and the intended age range for the book is probably about 9-13, so there were times when I was rolling my eyes. At 25, I’m obviously not the target audience, so while I found the book a little young at times, I know why - however I enjoy children’s and YA fiction, and if you do too, you’ll like this book. I did find Curtis to be a little flat - for the sake of staying spoiler free, I just felt he had no real emotion. But overall it was a very fun book and a quick read. I’ll definitely be reading the 3rd book!
The other aspect I’d Iike to comment on is the physical beauty of this book - the edges of the pages are wonderfully rough and raw. The art by Ellis is awesome - as evidenced by my previous posts. These touches made reading the book even more fun. So if you enjoy the genre, or you’ve read the first book, definitely pick up Under Wildwood.
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These books are beautiful, inside and out. I love the character and he story and the illustrations. They're a beautiful addition to my book collection.Published 15 days ago by Samantha Carlson Shoen
Book two of the Wildwood Chronicles draws you yet further into a world just beyond the "Periphery" of Portland. Read morePublished 19 days ago by H Feight
This book is very interesting. I started reading the first book "Wildwood" ,and after I finished it I wanted to see if there was a second book. I rate this book 5 stars!Published 1 month ago by Joshua A. Phail
Haven't had this much fun since the Chronicles of Narnia. Incredibly creative and so well written. The story springs to life and you don't want it to end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer R. Hazen
Fantastic book! It's written more for kids but my husband and I read it together and love it as adults! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was incredible and I blew through it in two days flat. This is one of the best books I've ever read.Published 7 months ago by Rachel Cloud Watts