Do you like the dialogue level of writing in Scooby Doo cartoons? Then you'll slide right through this book without a cringe. This is written at a sixth grade level, and that is being generous. The authors concept is interesting, and full of potential, but it remains unfullfilled. There is zero character development through events, and zero plot tension, at least in the first half of the book. I couldn't go any further. It was boring. All you learn about the characters is through the dialogue, and did I mention it is inane. Example: he said, "insert four words here", she said "insert five words here", he said "insert one word here". That's how all the dialogue is written. I guess it wouldn't have been so obviously bad except the reader drones in a monotone, put you to sleep voice. Fortunately every sentence of dialogue is preceded by he said, she said so you know which character is speaking, but there are no unique voices or characterization for anyone except a few transient characters. It's poorly written and poorly read, but probably still good for 5th and 6th graders who have an interest in magic and Scooby Doo.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
I really enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and likewise this first book in the Beyonders saga does not disappoint. It is narrated really well and the story grips you from start to finish. The characters are well thought out and very well written.
The story starts out with Jason getting accidently drawn into another world through a hippo. When he gets there all he wants to do is find a way home. Along the way he discovers a secret that he needs to see to fruition if he wants to survive and get home. During his quest he meets an interesting plethora of characters that add both a touch of humor and intrigue to the story.
If YA fiction is your kind of thing, and you have enjoyed the Fablehaven series, then definitely give this a go. I am starting the second book and looking quite forward to it.
Wasn't sure I was going to like it at the beginning but it grew on me as the story unfolded. Just ordered the second book and will be anxious form a third.
This was a well written, well narrated story with some innovative characters and nice plot twists. Kind of a light hearted fun story, not a real serious fantasy. Check it out.
The story was captivating with very unique characters. If you like Fablehaven you will love this series. The narrator has a great voice and does a good job with the many characters.
Brandon Mull won over many readers with his Fablehaven series and this new series is just as wonderful! With colorful, realistic characters and his fast paced, yet descriptive syle Brandon Mull has once again created a series that draws you in. One of the things I love about his books are the strong, capable young teen characters that always save the day. This series, like Fablehaven before it, is a wonderful read for boys or girls - and adults too!
My favorite character is Jason, the main character. He is a very normal teen boy that works hard to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is.
The performace was okay. It certianly wasn't bad but maybe a little less enthusiastic than the text deserves.
Stay away from the hippo tank!
I'm an eater of Words.
Wow! I was a huge fan of Fablehaven, I bought the Candy Shop Wars (Excellent cover BTW); but what were you thinking with this one Mr. Mull? You're a very entertaining writer. Fablehaven books 1-4 were excellent, book 5 was a little predictable but still entertaining.
Beyonders was hard to get through. Character development just wasn't there. And your starting to become a too cliché with main characters; goofy boy strong willed girl over-and-over. Take a break, reflect on the ingredients of a great story. Come back in a year, we'll be waiting. Anymore books like this one and you'll have lost our trust.