What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created - the life that would've been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities? Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials "M.G.," the letter informs Tick that dangerous - perhaps even deadly - events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself.
M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live? The first volume of an outstanding new children's fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes - danger....
As M.G. warns Tick, very frightening things are coming your way. Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be?
©2008 James Dashner (P)2008 Shadow Mountain
This was an entertaining, light book on the science-fiction side of fantasy. I love puzzles and riddles so I enjoyed the beginning. This leisurely beginning gave the book a casual, fun feel. Most of the action comes at the very end of the book. So close to the end that I was expecting a cliffhanger ending where the characters get in trouble and it isn't resolved. Not so. In a way, this book could be a prequel to the series. I expect the pacing will probably pick up in the following books.
I bought this because I enjoyed the author's Maze Runner series so much. Whereas the Maze Runner certainly appeals to high school students, YAs, and adults, this story is more juvenile and seems to be targeted, whether deliberately or not, to the middle school crowd. As an adult listener, it was a little boring and predictable at times, but it probably would hold the attention of young listeners..
An unlikely plot twist, which almost comes across as a deus ex machina -- is used near the end of the book.
The narrator was okay, not great. He doesn't do female voices very well. Some male narrators can, some can't.
There are several more books in this series; I will probably stop at book 1.
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