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''A magical parable filled with preparedness and self-reliance.'' --Pat Henry, theprepperjournal.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B07BQP1318
- Publisher : Beaver's Pond Press (March 25, 2018)
- Publication date : March 25, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 11249 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 168 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,204 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Instead, Brandon sneaks out of school hoping to find proof of the real story that his grandfather had told him. But when he gets to Grandpa Alvin’s house, Grandpa isn’t home. However, Brandon finds a map of the kingdom with the Color Factory marked on it. Brandon decides to go to the Color Factory to see if he can find proof of the truth there.
When he arrives at the remains of the Color Factory, Brandon discovers a skeleton holding a book. Inside the book is a scribbled note from General Droww mentioning the boy named Alvin and the reign of terror of the Color Factory. This is proof that Brandon can take back to school. But what does the mention of Alvin’s grandfather as the ‘boy from the sea’ have to do with anything?
Brandon reads the book, whose title is The Great Sugar War. It tells of a time when General Droww was only a young colonel, and the Kingdom of Color was at war with the Kingdom of Shapes. The ship Colonel Droww was on was sunk by a ship from the Kingdom of Shapes, and a young boy named Otto from over the sea saved his life.
They return to the Kingdom of Color and are sent to the Grasshopper Fields. There they meet an old woman who calls herself Aunt Nellie and a lot of giant grasshoppers. They are later attacked by a lot of soldiers made of sugar, who are able to turn the people (including the grasshoppers) into sugar soldiers too.
Eventually, a giant sugar bubble pops up and explodes, turning the entirety of the Grasshopper Fields into a sugar desert. Otto and Colonel Droww are forced to recruit the giant lion who is the guardian of the Red Berry Forest and take the war to the Kingdom of Shapes. But what they learn there surprises them. It is not the King of the Kingdom of Shapes who is their main enemy.
If you haven't read the first novel in this series, know that there is a connection between the two - but not one that will ruin either novel from reading this one second. Only a reader who has read both novels in sequence will realize the connection; forgive me for refusing to reveal it here.
That said, The Great Color War is a novel that unfolds in an innocuous school, thinking that we're in Kansas, when we, as readers, must decide if the real world is real or if we're completely off the map and in a world much removed. Before we're allowed to decide, an adventure starring Otto, grandfather of Alvin and (I think) great-grandfather of Brandon is already knee-deep in the World of Color, and we're forced to hold on for dear life as we follow him from a lowly assistant to a full fledged general in this war between shapes and colors. The outcome will surprise you, however, and leave you wanting more from this author who has created a world with clear boundaries, laws and characters who are both colorful (sometimes more than just literally) and even three dimensional (and surprisingly flat, but an in interesting way that, well, again, I can't reveal without being too specific. Trust me, it's for a good reason.)
The result is a mish mash of characters who are all well formulated, fleshed out, defined and creatively woven into a greater tale that will soon - I assume in the third installment - reveal itself in some fashion that continues to surprise the youngest reader who has yet to experience our own world as well as the reader who has seen enough of the world to begin fashioning his own. Best of all, this is a novel that is short enough to enjoy in the span of a single evening and feel fulfilled that he has enjoyed a satisfying adventure. While I would suggest reading the novels in order, it's not too late to start reading the series now. Enjoy.
J. Delzer is the author of The Buccaneer of Nemaris book series.
A fun, fast, modern tale with an interesting protagonist and great characters, plus food for thought (which surely is better than sugar)… a good read for middle-grade readers, and especially for boys.
Disclosure: I was asked to look for this, found it on a deal, and enjoyed it.
Top reviews from other countries
While the tale is scary at times, it's clearly meant for those under fourteen and we learn many useful lessons, including that it's better for you to eat fruit than candy. Almost all characters are male, but the few female ones are well worth following. I would read more by this author.
I downloaded an e-copy. This is an unbiased review.