The Rithmatist - YA Review by Eoghan

Reader: Eoghan G
Age: 12
Title: The Rithmatist
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub Date: 5/14/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book:  Rithmatists are chosen by the Master. They have power to make their drawings come to life.  Secrets surround them. Joel is a chalk-maker's son. Melody is a rithmastist. More than anything, Joel wants to become a rithmatist. Joel studies everything he can about rithmatists. Whereas Melody claims she is failure and doesn't want to be a rithmatist. But when rithmastist students start to disappear in the night with odd symbols nearby, Melody and Joel must work together to help their professor, Professor Fitch, solve the mystery.
Memorable or Forgettable: Well I finished reading the book three days ago and I can still remember all the main character's names and the plot in detail. So that's good.
Cover:  I picked up the book after looking at the horse made out of machines. At that point I thought was going to be a steampunk book. But when I read the back of the book it turns out the book was based more around magic than steampunk. The cover was interesting. It didn't really reflect what happens in the book. But yet at the same time there is a subtle reflecting of the contents that you would only recognize if you had read the book.
Age Range: 12 through 13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation:  What do missing students, two curious kids and a downsized professor equal? A mystery of course! Follow Joel, a chalk maker's son, and his friend Melody, a rithmatist, as they try to solve a mystery.

tags:  fantasy / suspense / magic / mystery / steampunk / ya lit

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