4.0 out of 5 stars
All Aboard For A Fantastic Journey!!!, Dec 19 2009
I was not quite sure what genre of book I was getting into with this but it is fantasy.
The vast array of characters were very well-defined and likeable. The author offers great descriptions of the land as well as the characters. The story was well put together with short scenes and good build up. I absolutely loved the pursiers! I found them to have the most unique characteristics which gave the story a fantastic edge. Their social position in the world was reflective of current day discrimination and the development of Albertson's relationship with Hampton was a fantastic and surprising addition to the story.
I was a little confused trying to picture the beast's size. He seemed to be larger than when he left the world but just how large and why he was growing was not clear to me. Perhaps his hunger for power and greed "fed" his evilness? Perhaps he simply appeared in that manner to John? I like that Allen allows the reader to use their own intelligence to interpret the deeper meaning of the story. Many authors attempt this same thing and fail leaving the reader frustrated and wondering if they may as well write the book themselves. But Allen gives you just enough to chew on and then pulls back.
The only part of the book that I wasn't fond of was the land itself. The idea of candyland just seemed irreperably silly to me and I couldn't get past it. I did, however, appreciate the linkages the author used to relate John's personal likes/dislikes to the world. It became apparent that it was John's voyage very early on.
Overall this book is a great adventure and one definetly worth taking! (less)