Acea and the Animal Kingdom is an imaginative tale that follows the young hero, Acea, on a fun quest. It has the perfect mixture of puzzles for the maAcea and the Animal Kingdom is an imaginative tale that follows the young hero, Acea, on a fun quest. It has the perfect mixture of puzzles for the main character to figure out as well as action to move the story along. The story deftly builds and reveals Acea's backstory and the legends of the story world. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion while still leading into the next book. I wasn't a huge fan of the factual details about various animals thrown in here and there. For me it took me out of the story. But others may find it interesting and not be bothered by it. I think this story would likely appeal most to late elementary and early middle school....more
I found myself editing this book as I listened to the audiobook version. For me, it would have been a much more enjoyable story if a significant portiI found myself editing this book as I listened to the audiobook version. For me, it would have been a much more enjoyable story if a significant portion of the MC talking incessantly about his calculations. It reminded me of high school math word problems (not a good thing). Also, again my opinion, it did not add anything new to the genre. The Apollo 11 story is essentially the same theme and many of the same ideas.
I love science and I love fiction, but I did not love this book. If you love math, you may love this book. For me it was a bit of a chore to get through. I actually skipped whole chapters and it did not matter because all I missed was the MC talking about his calculations....more
This book was such a disappointment after reading The Giver. I found it hard to care about the MC even though it seemed that Lowry went overboard to mThis book was such a disappointment after reading The Giver. I found it hard to care about the MC even though it seemed that Lowry went overboard to make her feel like a sympathetic character. I also found the writing repetitive, often repeating information two or three times (which seemed really unnecessary for such a short book). I found myself editing it as I read, wishing I could cut portions or rewrite them to make it flow more smoothly. This is in stark contrast to The Giver which I recall feeling was darn near perfect in terms of the writing/editing.
This story also felt a bit formulaic - i.e. it followed a similar pattern to The Giver, so a writer copy-catting herself. That made the story predictable (again in contrast to the way I felt while reading The Giver). The "reveal" at the end wasn't much of a reveal b/c you could see it coming from a mile away.
Having said all that, Lowry's writing is lyrical and the story is still worth a read. And necessary to read before you delve into book 3 of the series. I'm hoping the next story in the saga is a more enjoyable read....more
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise held such promise. If only the author had been as skilled at writing a story as he was at writI wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise held such promise. If only the author had been as skilled at writing a story as he was at writing essay. The book is more a treatise than story.
What really disappointed was the lost opportunity of telling the story from Michael Valentine Smith's perspective. If it had been told in first person or third person limited, we would have been treated to Smith learning what is is to be human. Instead, we got a lecture. The book proves that the author was smart, but I prefer to be shown a story rather than lectured at.
I did enjoy aspects of the book. Some intriguing characters. But interesting that even as this author was able to imagine cool futuristic technology and political change, he was unable to imagine a world without sexism!...more