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Lots of misplaced punctuation marks. Copy editor must've fallen asleep. Tell em to drink more cover l coffee.
It felt like I was really there watching everything take place! If only I could break through the space-time continuum!
I definitely recommend!
Stars: 3.75(that sums 4)/5
Joshua was Urban Fantasy, Science-fiction novel set in London. It was full of technology and some Alkebulan mysteries. It was about 14 year old, protagonist, Joshua uncovering the mystery of his parents, where he came from, and what was the motive of his birth gifts and magical high-tech bracelet that he received as birthday present.
Joshua was African boy with extra ordinary abilities but wanted to live ordinary life, was living with his loving step parents and brother. His tech freak mind has given him a ticket to academy for extraordinary kids in London. He was very nice person, loved his family, and made very good friends at academy. I liked his character and the mystery related to him. As I read more about him, I felt like there still more to know. His friends, Brick, Mina, Zion were very supportive and I liked their role specially Brick and his business mind. Antagonist was crazy power hungry who was banished by Joshua’s real folk. The creepy things he did with technology was interesting and shocking.
There were so many characters in the book that I can’t even count. They all were well described with all good-to-know info.
What I liked-
First thing that caught my attention and I loved was RTC- Real Cool Tool- Joshua’s bracelet that he got from his real parents as present. That bracelet was as he named it was really cool, it sent all kind of high tech info and data to his brain and protected him from threat. Sometimes I doubted whether Joshua was really brilliant or this tool made him brilliant! All the things he made in the book, the technologies and his BMX and video game talk was pretty interesting.
This book was more about getting to know characters more closely and providing the outline picture of the world. The more remarkable thing in the book was diverse characters. – African, Jamaican, British, Indian, all sort of characters were there in the book. I liked the atmosphere in the academy, their purpose of teaching extraordinary students and nurturing their extraordinary talent was really great.
The story was third person narrative in past and present telling all about Joshua’s life and the world building. -Who was Joshua and his parents, why he was spirited away from his land, how was his relationship with his foster family, his entry to St. Augustine academy, his school life and how he made such amazing friends- everything to know about Joshua was narrated very perfectly leaving no room for doubt. There was also narration about antagonist life, his banishments and what he did after that till present.
I was curious to know how Joshua will solve the mystery of his talent and bracelet and of his real parents. It felt actually weird that no one knew anything or could explain it to Joshua. Everything just kept indicating that he was being prepared for the time when he was ready to know the truth and also it was some kind of training. It was both upside and downside of the book.
I liked adventurous part, the task he was given by school as summer homework. The thing he invented for those tasks was pretty cool and his encounter with antagonist was entertaining. Climax was too high-tech. Book ended with cliffhanger with clear sign of next book in the series. But I still felt little weird as the mystery of Joshua’s gift and his parents still remained unsolved.
why not 5 stars-
Well, there wasn’t any thrill in all the high-tech activities and task he performed during climax, too much tech info suppressed the thrill. I had a feeling there was something missing in the book, may be because it was just the first book in the series or because mystery was not totally solved, that feeling never left me. The narration related to antagonist and his activities was little confusing. I couldn’t figure out what his plan was. Even though I liked characters, I couldn’t connect with them, their feelings was not affecting me.
Overall, it was good but not great. I enjoyed it but at the same time it left me hanging. Those who are interested in technology, gaming and BMX will love this sci-fic.
For me, this book wasn’t a good fit, I just didn’t gel with the story right from the beginning and gave up mid-way through…but…the reason I went ahead with the review was because the writing was fantastic, the story was even fantastic. I just think I was completely the wrong target audience for it, it kept running through my head when I was reading it that if was 13-16 I would probably have sped through the book in record time. But I’m not, I’m almost 40 and it just wasn’t hitting the spot for me.
I have absolutely no doubt that those reading MG/YA novels who love SciFi/Fantasy/Gaming will eat this up. It has so much in terms of the elements these kids are looking for, Hewitt’s writing is is enjoyable and easy to follow. I definitely recommend it for those of you with teens who need a new book for their kindles.
Sending huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.