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Will Burrows has little in common with his family except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father. When his father disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a terrifying secret - a secret which may cost them their lives.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Chicken House Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jaclyn
May 01, 2008 Jaclyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like dirt and avoid showers
Meh. This wasn't my kind of book at all. I was one of the multitudes who got sucked into the "next Harry Potter" hype and the one thing I've learned from the experience is that there isn't going to be a next Harry Potter, so I should just get over it.

Now, to the book. It's the story of Will Burrows, a Londoner whose great passion is conducting archaeological digs with his dad. When his dad goes missing, Will enlists the help of his friend Chester. Together they stumble on an entire underground c...more
Greta
Mar 09, 2011 Greta added it
Shelves: ya
I don't remember who recommended this book to me, but I didn't really like it. It took sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long for the author to say anything. The action took so long to develop and when there finally was action, there was too much dialogue and unnecessary description that it took the reader out of the action. I was just groping my through it the whole time waiting for things to happen. I think the book had potential, but the writing was so bad I just went crazy. It's like it was...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

Like his father, fourteen-year-old Will Burrows has an obsession with archaeological digs.

When his father disappears, Will is determined to find him. With the help of his best friend, Chester, Will discovers a network of tunnels under modern-day London. As they follow the tunnels deeper and deeper into the earth, they discover a dark underworld.

But the inhabitants don't want them there.

Will never dreamed his digging would unearth dark family secr...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this is the last YA (type) book I'm planning to read in the foreseeable future, and I'm just as glad. I've read several lately that have disappointed me. This had also.

I found the book mildly interesting as it opened with the "supposed" father son digging team stocking the little museum and saving their own prizes. But the book takes a turn and becomes something totally different. This (of course) isn't necessarily a bad thing, it could have been a very good thing. But if a book uses this...more
Willy Hung
Will Burrows is a fourteen year old boy that lives in London, he has a dad, mom, and a sister. One day Mr. Burrows and Mrs. Burrows got into a fight, so Mr. Burrows stayed in the basement for some time, he never came out. Will and Chester goes into the basement to look around, they found a secret passage leading to an underground Colony. Not long after arriving at the Colony, the Styx, cult like leaders who rule the Colony, captured them, they locked them up in prison, and not long later Will wa...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Como todas las navidades desde hace varios años, los medios de comunicación (a menudo con el beneplácito de las editoriales) insisten en traernos al “nuevo Potter” que han descubierto. La lista de obras que fueron encumbradas como “el libro que sustituirá a Harry Potter” es muy larga ya, y este año le ha tocado a Túneles, de Roderick Gordon y Brian Williams. ¿Y por qué Túneles? Pues porque Barry Cunningham, que fue el primer editor de Rowling, pero que hace ya mucho que se desvinculó de Harry P...more
Moana
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I liked the idea loyalty to family and friends. There is an ominous feeling of hopelessness surrounding Will's predicament and although he makes it through some tough moments I'm still left wondering how things can get better for him.

Digging tunnels and archaeological (sp?) stuff is unfamiliar territory but was interesting nonetheless.

There is a sequel and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Dick
Like City of Ember this is another underground dystopia story. The main character is Will Burroughs, a young adolescent boy who lives in London with his a dysfunctional family: an aloof, absent-minded archeologist father, a distant depressed mother, and a hostile older teenage sister. Will takes after his father with a keen interest in excavation. He helps with his father's "digs" and conducts his own assisted by his friend Chester. The father is the curator of a local museum which gives him ac...more
Sandy
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Robert
Sebuah ekspektasi yang terlalu tinggi kadang-kadang harus membentur dinding saat jalan yang dilewati menyempit dan memasuki terowongan.

Demikian pula saat saya membaca buku ini. Embel-embel "The Next Harry Potter" dan stiker "Soon to be Major Picture" di sampul depan segera membuat saya tanpa berpikir panjang langsung membelinya. Begitu pula di halaman pertama buku ini, ditulis bahwa Barry Cunningham, sang editor "Harry Potter" mengklaim bahwa buku ini mempunyai sensasi yang sama saat ia menemuka...more
Kathleen
The premise of this book is interesting and it’s nicely illustrated with creepy ink drawings. Alas, it’s far too long for what it has to offer, and quite poorly written. I was put off by the way adult characters were consistently portrayed as cold, self-absorbed, and extremely flawed. There were only two adults in the entire story who were decent. Also, for those parents who might wish to know, the book abounds with smoking, drunken brawling, and kids drinking and mocking their religion. I didn’...more
Ummu Auni
Asal saya tergerak hati untuk membeli buku ini kerana buku ini sentiasa sebaris dengan bestseller PTS yang lain. Aneh betul rasanya, sudah lama tidak membaca novel Inggeris yaang dimelayukan, asal rekomendasi, saya membelinya taktala bersantai di Bandung. Bagaimana persepsi saya? Barangkali tidak boleh menandingi keajaiban Harry Potter walaupun buku ini juga worldwide bestseller. Tapi saya kira buku ini sepatutnya tidak dibandingkan dengan Harry Potter. Kerana kumpulan sasaran novel ini masih ja...more
Student Symmes
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Tammy
It's not that this book isn't well-written, that part works fine. It's just the story! When I finished it, I was speechless. It had gone from bad to worse and then just ended. The happy resolution never happened. The goal of our little hero was never achieved. The book ended with a murder. I was left feeling dismal and cheated.
And this is a children's book! I picked it up for my kids and previewed it because the cover is so grabbing - the light and the title seem to shine out of the cover, but...more
Lucas Novaki
After reading it twice ( I kind of forgot the whole story and gave it a second chance), I am sure that Tunnels had several flaws , as a whole, and a few positive aspects.

First pages aren't interesting nor exciting at all, which makes it hard for the reader to deeply desire to read it. Also, the main book scenario is the underground caves and tunnels , frankly difficult to imagine and understand since we all aren't children of Hades.

To make it worst, there is an excessive amount of description p...more
Angelic Zaizai
Nothing like Harry Potter... not even close...
Ellen
Despite a recommendation from a friend that this new series was reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Magician's Nephew, this book was a huge disappointment. True there is an obsessed, uncaring relative of a boy who stumbles on to another world, but the similarities end there. Tunnels is the story of a family who is distracted, at best, and dysfunctional at worst. The father locks himself in the basement to get away from his family; the mother cares for nothing except her TV; and the sister is obsessed wit...more
Riley
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Kent
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Elketw
Category: Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

"Penyusup!" seru si pria misterius. Refleks, Will meraih sekop, tetapi pria itu merebutnya.

"Kami telah menantikan kedatanganmu. Kata ayahmu, kau akan menyusulnya," tambahnya.

"Ayahku? Di mana ayahku? Apa yang kalian lakukan padanya?" Will meronta, menendangi pria itu.

"Tak ada gunanya melawan. Tempat ini akan menjadi penjara buatmu!" Pria itu mengendus Will. "Topsoilers. Menjijikkan!"

Will berusaha m...more
Chloe
Jun 19, 2010 Chloe rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one, really. Go read Princess and the Goblin.
My dear friend and I were discussing all the books that we have hated over our reading careers. This one came up, and so I decided to review it. This is an over-long, awkward, bipolar book. There is no point where the two authors' ideas connect. At one point, the story is set in a gritty, realistic world, with a dark, sinister fairytale encroaching upon it. Then, it's a quirky, childish, unrealistic world, with a random fantasy universe. The characters are bland. The story never really makes sen...more
Keith Robinson
Loved it! I'd heard that it was slow starting, and it sorta-kinda is, but in a good way. It's a slow burn, but the book gripped me from the beginning. It's very atmospheric and the author's prose impressed me throughout. It's a dark, dark book, and I don't just mean because of the tunnels. It's actually quite violent in places, for instance the punch-up in the bar that left one man (probably) dead, and the torture scenes involving Will and Chester, and then the showdown between Crawfly and Uncle...more
Tami
Will Burrows loves a good adventure. His father was trained as an archaeologist but works in a second rate local museum. In their off hours, Will and his Dad do amateur digs in hopes of finding something really exciting, something really noteworthy. They’ve had a few interesting discoveries but nothing seems to pan out.

Bend on trying to find something really interesting, Will enlists the help of his buddy Chester. Every day after school the two work on an area that seems to have some potential....more
Ashley
review will be on my blog in the next couple weeks. http://ashleysgotbookcitement.blogspo...


My Thoughts: This book was something else. I liked it, but the world terrified me. The concept of the story is very interesting and the descriptions were very vivid. This book just brought to mind a dreary, depressing place and a hopelessness mixed with a real sense of claustrophobia. While reading this, I was so grateful to be able to look outside and see the sun and sky.
The characters of Will and Chest...more
Jennifer
In a nutshell, this is my review (actually the "conclusion" of the review put here so that people don't have to read my babble if they don't want to):

While the plot of Tunnels may have been a little skimpy or slow, it offers so much possibility and food for thought and the imagination, especially in its unique and mysterious subterranean setting and moral ambiguity, that I can't help but give it a positive review. (I will admit that the book may deserve three stars rather than four, and that see...more
Valerie Irizarry
Tunnels takes you deeper into the world of imagination and creation. Something that people will enjoy about this book is that it's not just another recycled idea, but instead something new and intriguing. Some people might think it's slow and boring at first, but thats because it's sort of like an introduction to the family and their lives so you could understand the plot better. The author describes every place perfectly until the last little detail which makes you feel as if you were actually...more
Elizabeth S
Not truly terrible, just inconsistent and dumb. Sometimes people complain about stories where the author should show more and tell less. This one is perhaps the other way around-- the detailed world-building is shown, but not told. No one ever asks who the Styx are or what their motivations are (or why these creepy evil guys use the name of a totally cool musical group). Note that I can handle not getting answers to questions, but it does bother me that Wil never asks or wonders or thinks about...more
Lisa Nagel
Our middle school boys are reading this one for their next book group. It is the first of a series of three about fourteen year old Will and his dad who both share an obsession with archeologic digs. For me, it started off slowly with lots of detail about the digs and unearthed mysterious cities. It does however pick up nicely once Will and his best friend also disappear...Boys seem to really like this one, and don't seem to mind the details. They are looking forward to reading the next in the s...more
Mawel
Fouteen- year old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little in common with them except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father.
When his father suddenly disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend Chester. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a deep and dark secret- a secret that may cost them their lives - blurb



This is the first book in the Circle In The Spiral series.It is one of my very favourite b...more
Anna
4.5: I read this book in 5th grade, but for some reason I really, REALLY wanted to read it again. I think I wanted to read it again because I didn't actually remember the story, but I remembered liking it (?). I think I liked it when I read it…or maybe I didn't…wait a second, I think I might have hated it…or did I love it? Well, either way, I definitely really liked this book when I read it today! Yes, that's right, I read the whole book in one day! Granted, it WAS over the course of a 5 hour pl...more
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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he grew up in Highgate, North London, and eventually went to University College where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he spent some time in the wilderness when he played in a few bands, then somehow fell into a jo...more
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