Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Random House New York
Pub Date: 06/25/13
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: While the interaction and dialogue among the characters seemed a bit forced, the character development isn't anything special, the romance element seems to just be in the book for the sake of being in the book, and the ending is confusing, the author handles some parts of it very well. The concept of the book is well thought out, and all the science is well researched, making it more believable than a lot of other science fiction novels. The main character's amnesia keeps you in suspense throughout the novel, always making you want to read more.
Memorable or Forgettable: The poorly done romance element of the book made it forgettable to me, but the well thought out 'big reveal' makes up for that, and the use of fake newspaper articles scattered throughout the novel is at least somewhat unique (the only other element like it that I am aware of is the memos in the Maze Runner books), though sometimes I wish I was kept more in the dark until the end.
Cover: The cover does accurately represent the contents, though the nonchalant attitude the protagonist is displaying toward the worm lead me to believe it was a normal feature of the fauna of Paradox, and not the antagonist. I feel that a cover showing the twin suns of Paradox, a cover showing the protagonist holding weapons toward the worm, or else treating it as more of a threat, or a cover showing the protagonist in suspended animation would be more appropriate.
Age Range: Under 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
tags: science fiction / adventure / The Gatekeepers Series / ya lit