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Junction 2020: Book One: The Portal Paperback – August 23, 2010
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5 Stars. The Portal is the first in the Junction 2020 series by Carol Riggs and I loved it! Thoroughly enjoyable, it was a fast paced and highly imaginative young adult fantasy story which I flew through. I'm really looking forward to book two in the series and have no hesitation in recommending The Portal highly. --Brenda Telford, Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
Carol Riggs is an author of Young Adult novels who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head. Her books include THE BODY INSTITUTE, BOTTLED, THE LYING PLANET, and the JUNCTION 2020 series. Visit her at carolriggs.com
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They had no idea where they were – the black and dangerous looking forest on one side; the green and lush landscape on the other. When they came across an old man with a few sheep at his small cottage, they asked his help – but the sound of horse riders had him bustling them behind his farm to hide. The men were cloaked in black and carrying guns – and they were after them! How was that even possible? How did they know?
The Shifters would leave no stone unturned until they located Mari and her friends – they must escape; they needed to discover how to return to their own world. But the dangers the five faced over the next few days was horrific – never had they imagined anything like this place. Could they escape? What would be their future if they didn’t?
The Portal is the first in the Junction 2020 series by Carol Riggs and I loved it! Thoroughly enjoyable, it was a fast paced and highly imaginative young adult fantasy story which I flew through. I’m really looking forward to book two in the series and have no hesitation in recommending The Portal highly.
I was intrigued by the idea of a world in another dimension created by our own nightmares. Who hasn’t had those monster dreams in their youth? Imagine waking up and finding your scariest fear right outside your door! Imagine running through a dark forest, fighting your way through the beasts you created!
Even though this story is full of evil and scary things, it is kept light—a great accomplishment—making it a fun, fast read. The Portal is a great story for Nana to share with her grandchild.
I really enjoyed this book and am going to start book two today.
Written in present tense, the quick dialogue and whimsical decision-making keeps the plot light even when the author delves into dark territory. There were times when I yearned for more meaty descriptions, but in keeping the focus narrowed and streamlined, I appreciated Mari's take without any fluff.
I did find myself sympathizing with the Shifters. I'll be interested to see how this series unfolds.
A lesson is learned (well, several, really) but Riggs writes without being preachy or talking down to her reader. It's a good read and is a nice debut for a promising series. And Riggs is an author to pay attention to.
Junction 2020 by Carol Riggs is one of the few self-published books that has been properly proofread. It contains fewer errors than can be found in traditionally published books of known, best-selling authors.
Although the author has listed Junction 2020 as a book for young adults, it's a worthwhile read for all ages. What's it all about? A young girl, her brother and her hearing-impaired friend attend a New Year's Eve party. A scavenger hunt takes them and two other friends into the dark fields prior to the celebration countdown. As midnight strikes, the young girl and her companions are propelled by a violent green storm into a confusing landscape of beauty, danger and mystery where they are hunted by ruthless black-clothed horseback riders. Why? And, more importantly, how will they get back to the real world?
Ms Riggs has a wonderful flair for word imagery - you can see, feel and even taste what she describes. The book is fast and compelling. The characters are well-drawn and the plotting is nicely twisted.