Lord of the Rings for the Call of Duty generation.
When his world changing experiment is sabotaged, fifteen year old genius Benjamin Knight is cast into another world where an uneasy peace hangs in the balance. Saved from near death by a band of traders, he joins the Road Trains on their journey north as he struggles to understand what’s happened to him.
However, Ben soon realises that everyone has their secrets and that no one is safe, especially when one man has the power to realise his ambitions.
Friends are lost, plots revealed and battles fought as the unlikely companions seek to prevent war.
Will appeal to fans of Anthony Horowitz, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, Garth Nix etc
I was very skeptical going into this book because I had read a string of really good books and I was sure this book was going to suck because I’m never that lucky.
But turns out Lady Luck was on my side this time because this was a fascinating read. I was hooked into the story right at the beginning when an explosion happens in the lab where Ben works. At first, it seemed like pure sci/fi to me, but as I read more, it sort of evolved into a dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi kind of book. I’ve never read sci/fi before, but I can say this – this book seriously worked. I loved reading about the intense new world the author had created. I felt that it was believable and real. The future (or it might be an alternate universe) that Ben gets transported into is a dangerous world where warfare can happen at the blink of an eye. And I loved reading about the Road Trains and the people on it – they were all likeable characters I could really relate to.
I have very few complaints about the book. One of them is the POVs. At first, it seemed like the story was told from Ben’s POV. It continued to be so for a few dozen pages. Then, it started switching to different people instead of just Ben. I realize when a book is written in third person, the author has the liberty to switch POVs. But it’s just that when I started reading the book, the prose was so well written that I felt like it was written in first person. So, when it switched POVs, it was a bit jarring for me. I don’t know to how many people this makes sense. Maybe it’s just me.
Also, I expected a lot of action from the way the story began, but the action started only about half-way into the book. The non-action parts were not dragging or anything. They were interesting parts – about the people in the Road Trains, about the Regent and more about the dystopian world. But I would have liked the book more if there had been more action.
So, if you like dystopian or sci-fi or fantasy, I would definitely recommend this book to you. A brilliant start to a series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When he lost his job in 2012, Robert resurrected a novel he had last touched in the 1990’s and finally brought his vision to reality. With this new series, he hopes to draw attention away from teen vampires, and bring action and adventure to anyone from ages 9 to 90 in an entirely new setting.
Robert Jackson-Lawrence lives in Lincoln with his two children. He would really like a dog, but so far his wife won’t let him!