Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.
Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.
I was first drawn to this book because of the cover.
I mean–look at that beast. It’s even more awesome when you’re holding a copy in your hands.
The cover is not the only awesome thing about this book. It’s like Harry Potter meets the Da Vinci Code with a dash of James Bond in this new series by the film producer who helped make the TV series Twin Peaks. I had to say, I didn’t really want to read this book after the first few pages, but strangely enough I kept being drawn back to it. There is a certain magic and coolness to this book that keeps you coming back to it, but automatically qualifies it in my mind to be a five star book. I didn’t like some of the rough spots in this book, and I didn’t like some of the characters either, but I loved everything about Will and how he goes about this book. He seems like a real teenager, and is a really cool one at that. I loved the action, adventure and mystery themes to this book and the way it kept surprising me.
Mark Frost engages you from the very beginning of the story. Initially, I haven’t always liked stories by people who did movies because–to be honest–there’s a whole different world between writing screenplays or directing movies and writing stories. Mark Frost is one of the people who succeeds at both! Though I didn’t like all the characters, they all had a certain depth to them that puts them all out there as different characters. I really appreciated that about this book.
Not only his characters, but Mark Frost has a plotline that does not disappoint. He merges history, fantasy and action in a way that I haven’t seen since Rick Riordan. I think between Mark Frost and Rick Riordan, I’m more partial to Rick Riordan because I’ve known him longer and his writing speaks to me a lot more, but Mark Frost is in the early stages of becoming a writer like him. You can value how Mark Frost goes into the story slowly at times, but it never feels like it’s going slow. It’s fast-paced and exciting the entire way through this book. Highly recommended for instant satisfaction , a true 4.5 star book on my part.
pg count for hardback: 560