Escape from Olympus (The Falken Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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If you haven't read Piers Platt before you really need to. Seriously. His books are so. Much. Fun!! I love them and can't get enough.
Escape from Olympus is the second book in the Falken Chronicles but could be read as a standalone. You wouldn't have the backstory from the first book, but that is okay. You should read the first one anyways cause it is great, but I don't think you need to in order to enjoy this story.
Man this book was so much fun. I loved it. I couldn't put it down once I started, which my husband didn't appreciate since I started it on a short train ride when we were on vacation and all I wanted to do was read the rest of the day then until I finished! At least he knows me well enough to know I get like this sometimes...and doesn't mind too much.
In Escape from Olympus Falken is working on the planet Olympus. Or rather on a ship above the planet Olympus. The planet it inhabited by dragons that can very easily kill you in really terrible ways. You don't want to be stuck on the planet and try to survive them. He works for a tourism company where you can take a virtual reality tour around the planet and walk among the dragons. The goal is to see how long you can survive before they kill you. And you see and feel everything like you are really there. I can't imagine. That sound awesome! How crazy would it be to feel like you are really on this planet being hunted by these dragons? To feel like you are dying in terrible ways? Of course you can always come out of it whenever you want, but man. I so want to do that! I Want to see how long I would survive. In all honesty it probably wouldn't be long, but I would love every minute of it.
Now this is all fine and dandy, Falken loves his job, but of course there is more to the story. One of the things I love about this author's work is how he layers the characters. How you get the story from a few different points of view and it is not always obvious how each plays a role in what happens. How you sometimes have to wait until the end to see how it all ties together. All of the characters are so much fun, even the bad guys. I don't really know what the bad guys were thinking in this one cause it is intense, but so much fun to read. This second book is definitely more action packed than the first one. Everyone gets into some dicey situations and I couldn't put it down. I so enjoyed this story and the world this author created. I wanted to be a patron of Falken's business. Even if it meant I had to fly into outer space, which is probably my biggest fear, I wanted to be in this world. I wanted to experience this! Well maybe not everything that happens in this story, but Olympus Safari? Sign me up!
Overall this is a great read. Lots of action and adventure, lots of cool ideas, and dragons! Who doesn't love dragons? Go read this book. You won't be sorry you did.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
This is one of those honest reviews: (And if his books stunk, I wouldn't waste my precious free time reading them!)
Falken is one of the main characters from "Escape From Oz", which is also a 5-star read. One of the aspects I enjoy the most about Mr. Platt's novels is his ability to craft likeable characters who have flawed personalities, and place them in entirely believable future world scenarios. Blending realism and fantasy is a difficult task (Just ask George RR Martin!), but Piers Platt manages to create a universe without the pedantic unwieldiness of "Game of Thrones".
I highly recommend both "Escape From Oz" and "Escape From Olympus"! They are great escapist fare! (Yes, pun intended.)
The story line for me was very scary and I could envision this happening in our future.Now very scared of Dragons but maybe a little courious as well.
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