The Rithmatist - YA Review by Simon D-S

Reader: Simon D-S
Age: 12
Title: The Rithmatist
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: TOR Teen
Pub Date: 05/14/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book had its own plot voice. Coming from a person who isn't a "gifted" is a really interesting and different point of view, sort of like Harry Potter from a Muggle's perspective. I felt that the characters were a little stereotypical, for instance, a boy disliking unicorns. The dialogue is good, with nice use of expressions used in the book, such as "Dusts!" It also has its sense of dry humor, which doesn't hurt.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was unforgettable. The author has so much creativity, and has diagrams of defensive circles and chalklings in between chapters. That was really unique, I don't think I have ever seen that in a book before.
Cover: I felt that the cover didn't really make me want to pick up the book. It did not reflect the contents of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: In a Steampunk world waged in war, an Academy trains young Rithmatists, manipulators of 2-D "chalklings". Joel, a chalk maker's son, dreams of being a Rithmatist, Then, students begin disappearing, and Joel and his friend Melody find themselves waist deep in a deadly mystery.

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

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