Hailed as the next big thing in fantasy literature, Tunnels grips the imagination while making listeners think twice about the ground beneath their feet.
©2007 Roderick Gordon; ©2007 Brian Williams; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"Gordon and Williams will soon have legions of fans. Tunnels is just the beginning." (Guardian)
As I listened to this book, I had mixed feelings. Even now, I am not sure how I feel about this book. Overall, the main plot concept is refreshing original. So, it's not a total waste of time. However, I feel a lot of the book focused on a lot of strange, mean and down-right weird people verses a few quality characters. After a while, I even didn't care about the so-called "heros"of the book because they were not that lovable or developed fully. The character development was unbalanced, and the plot had too many needless subplots that were not resolved well or at all. Overall, I felt the book left the reader hanging in the end (in an unsatisfying way). My ranking is more a 2.5 than the 3.
"Tunnels" is a GREAT adventure! First of all, you should know this is NOT a "charming children's story". There is no "happily ever after" or "riding off into the sunset". This is a gritty adventure within a new world, not in outer space, but right below our feet! The first part of the book establishes the characters, which helps the reader/listener absorb the perspective of "innocent youth" and their daily endeavors. Once Will and Chester set out, they encounter events of incredible magnitude. They are thrust into situations that teenagers are not typically expected to endure. (Not even well rounded adults could prepare for what happens to the boys.) The writers did a great job of establishing how life without sunlight could be possible, their descriptions of the cities and surrounding areas, and some of the naturally occurring events are really creative. I'd love to elaborate more on the story, but I don't want to give away any part of the plot. The one personal note I'll share is; I like the cat. I can't say anything negative about this story, and I am looking forward to the next book, "Deeper", which is due to be released March 2009.
My only comfort in having endured this story is that at least I spared my children the same ordeal. It was slow-moving, dull, and depressing. The lead character is a complete idiot-- he makes glaringly horrible choices throughout the whole book. The characters I did manage to become a little fond of were killed off. The underground world was mildly intriguing, and the overgrown bald killer cat was cool, but NOT worth the drudgery of listening to the rest of it.
I took a chance with this one as the other critics didn't have much to say, and I am glad I did! Great story, wonderful characters and an intriguing adventure. I haven't read through a book this fast since the Harry Potter novels. I simply couldn't put it down. Although a hidden world beneath our feet is a common theme, the author doesn't rely on that alone to keep our interest. The story that happens there is much more intriguing and captivating than the surroundings. A fun, adventurous romp. Highly recommend to children and adults alike.
I was expecting something special, what with the "next Harry Potter" monicker being tossed around. I'll admit, it took me and my kids a few tries to get into Harry Potter, but by the time they got to Hogwarts, we were hooked. With this book however, the characters and writing seem to fall a little flat. It may be an engrossing story at some point, but we listened to nearly 3 hours, and decided to call it quits. So far, not impressed.
This is a great book! Plot and characters have real depth. There are many twists, turns, and is full of suspense. I enjoyed every minute of listening. The narrator reads the book well. I am reading/listening to every book of this series. Its a must read for anybody who loves young adult literature.
Starts off looking like a clever tale. The two boys are engaging, but half way through the story becomes increasingly fantastic and hard to swallow. The ending probably indicates a sequel is coming ... but I won't bother with it.
The Mystery was very interesting.
I really liked the plot.
No, I don't know.
Dig to Find
I am looking forward to reading the whole series.
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