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Let me just say I was a huge fan of the first book.But this book is 10 times better.I know it sounds ridiculous,but the action is edge-on-your seat.This book starts off great-I won't say how.Definitely better than the first book.And it keeps you breathless the whole way.The whole time I was thinking,Man,I don't want this to end." As this book is a hefty 362 pages,it kept me busy for quiet a while.I recommend this book whole-heartedly to anyone who wants a REALLY good read.Way to go James Rollins!Since it has been almost 2 years since the first book was released, I fervently hope that the third book( which of COURSE there will be one,InshAllah)won't take HALF as long.I'm waiting on pins and needles for it to come out.Until then,I'll read this book over and over and over again till I've got it memorized!
P.S I just turned 12.
No longer is this my favorite book..sorry, Rollins.Of course I still love this book,but with the time passing,I have discovered new delights.Well,I am now 12 and three quarters.Not THAT much time passed.
P.S Try Artemis Fowl.
So I am now 13. Time flies.Anyhoo, this is still one of my favorite books.Still great action.Still great plot.Still nicely developed characters.
I have some recommendations:
1. Please,please,PLEASE get rid of the "creepy" scribbly looking font that is used for whenever Rex speaks. Yes,this is a kids book, but honestly! A truly good villain does not need this crutch-because that's what it is,a crutch. Also, Mr. Rollins needs to focus a little more on giving this guy a little more depth. Don't let the bad guy be exactly what he appears to be and nothing else! Maybe he has a tragic backstory-maybe he is part of a family line- maybe he has a little good inside him.Etcetera,etcetera. Yes,we recieved some backstory in the first book,but not enough. Further development needed.
2. Make characters a little more reminiscent of their individual cultures. For example,Marika. Other than her looks and sometimes unusual way of speech,she doesn't really evoke a sense of "Mayan-ness." Does she believe certain myths, act according to certain customs,view things in a different way? Although, Rollins did a great job with Bachu'uk.Bachu'uk = awesomeness. Completely Neanderthal-ish. Pindor is more of a lovable character.He makes me laugh more than any other character.
3. Jake: Let him be a little looser. He's great,and will always be, but he needen't be so calm,so collected in every situation.Let him get his arm nastily scratched. Or let him get in a temper,or feel completely confused, or look to someone else,like maybe his sister,every once in a while for leadership.I.e,a little more unpredictable.Other than that,I give Jake two thumbs up.
These are the three main things.Thanks for reading my review,feel free to comment if you don't agree,and Rollins, you had BETTER read this. You're a great writer for tweens too. Don't think that your books are just hiding in a corner of the children's section or are only being read at bedtime to eight year old boys. There are plenty of people like me(right?)Keep on going,and for heavens sake,please have each book in this series come out a little sooner than two years and a half.
For the wisling's name...Well..I'll update.
Kawthar Bakhach,Eighth Grader
P.S I am not as bossy as I seem. Really.