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The Dark Talent: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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BRANDON SANDERSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Rithmatist and Steelheart, both of which were selected for the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten list. He's also written many popular and award-winning books for adults. His middle grade series, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, is now available in deluxe editions.
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THIS REVIEW IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ HORRIBLE REVIEWS BUT NEED A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.
Take a deep breath. Turn to the very, very, very last page. No number. It says "do not open until you finish reading the book." Then smile.
There are a lot of negative reviews, and weird reviews, but no TRUE reviews, I think (because people are very sensitive about spoilers).
My son is 11. He missed the last page, and hated the book. I read it to keep up with him. When he wakes up tomorrow, he will read the last page (the very, very, very last page...after all the common core and recognition and stuff) and smile. And he will hate Brandon, and love him, and look forward to finding out what comes next!
I read this because I'd just watched a really weird horror movie (I'd never seen it before and I was left alone too long with Netflix) and felt like I needed a pick-me-up. Something light that would cleanse my psychic palette. I thought "Who is more uplifting than Brandon Sanderson, and which of his books is sillier than Alcatraz?"
I was wrong.
This book was darker than the movie I'd just watched and left me in a real funk. And I love that.
I feel like we spend a lot of time trying to get people to look away from horror as a society and while I understand that, it's not the healthiest or most farsighted impulse. I love Dan Wells because he isn't afraid to bring real, profound horror to people. People have to know things can go sideways, that events CAN go as badly as you imagine they might, and that you might try your hardest and still fail. It's important to know that because sooner or later this happens to everyone in real life, and if you're not prepared for that you can spend an awful lot of time sitting around in shock that the world is different than you thought it was and waste a whole lot of time before you get about the business of putting your life back together. And because of that, as weird as it seems, I think it is essential that kids should read things that are a deeply and profoundly troubling.
This is a deeply and profoundly troubling book and that makes it great.
Alcatraz is a great hero and these are great books. However, if I had a young child who was reading these books I might have him or her wait until *spoilers* the next book is available before reading this one. It's one thing to sit with darkness like this for a few days while you're getting through the next volume but it's quite another to sit with it for a few years while the next book is being produced.
There is death in this book and while it isn't graphic it feels very, very real.
This book, however, is targeted toward children (middle grade). The ending takes a very abrupt turn toward the morbid, and I don't feel like it is appropriate for children in the target audience. The description was more graphic than it should have been. I was reading these to my 1st grade daughter, but after reading this I'll wait until she is quite a bit older to let her read them.
As an adult, I really enjoyed the story. I think Sanderson's idea here was brilliant, especially after reading the fold out at the end and his take on it on his website. The deception goes completely along with the character of Alcatraz. I haven't experienced emotions like this from a book in quite some time. From the lowest lows to a glimmer of hope. I was shocked at the ending, and wouldn't have minded the events that happened IF it had been targeted towards adults, and not toward middle graders.
All in all, I feel betrayed. I wanted a great series (which this is) to enjoy with my daughter. With the ending in this book, I can't.
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