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Left Behind Book One: The Forbidden Voyage (Left Behind Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 5, 2014
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Endiron is a 13-year-old boy and one of the survivors of an environmental disaster that has forced them to live underground. Together with Harlo (his frenemy), they are assigned to the dump as punishment for fighting. There, they discover that things aren’t exactly what they’ve been told and the boys set out on a quest to find answers.
Story Likes: I do enjoy a good dystopian wasteland story with subterfuge, backstabbing and politics. The boys, while originally enemies, eventually become allies and then friends as they set off on their quest.
Dislikes: I suppose there were some aspects that could have been fleshed out better, and while the story did pattern other similar stories, Polcastro managed to put her own unique spin on it, which took the story to a new and enjoyable level.
Age range, 10-adult. Great choice for summer reading.
I never saw that coming and I PREDICT the end to most books!!! Wonderful, this is a book I would have loved to read in paperback, scribble my review in the front cover then pass on to someone, great for all ages! I am hooked!
I give this book a 3.75/5. Here is my breakdown.
Characters: 4/5. The characters in this book were solid and believable. I particularly enjoyed watching Endirion's development as he went from timid, indoctrinated youth to utilizing his unique talents in helping the "mission" progress. The main two characters were especially interesting, but even the supporting cast was well put-together. I look forward to finding out some of the deeper motivations behind the actions some of the characters take.
Plot/Storyline: 3.5/5. The plotline here is a tad derivative, by which I mean that I can think of similar storylines off the top of my head. Still, Polcastro's take on the story is fairly unique, and brought forward by the strength of the characters. The book reads like a combination of The Island and Stephen King's Gunslinger novels...which is not a bad thing.
Flow: 4/5. Well written. I enjoyed the language and the pace of the story. As a MG/YA novel, it isn't as action-packed or as compelling as some of the more adult stories I've read recently, but that is no fault of the work. I can imagine middle-school children both enjoying the book and being at least as interested in it as I was. The crises which befall our two heroes do a good job of maintaining reader interest as well.
Spelling/Grammar: 4/5. There were a few typographical errors, mostly limited to ending quotation marks that were missing. These in no way distracted or detracted from the work.
Overall: 3.75/5. An enjoyable, solid read on all levels. I wasn't ever bored or distracted from my read. Polcastro did an excellent job of maintaining my interest. Thank you for the read, and I wish you the best of luck as you move forward!