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Forts by Steven Novak
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May 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, fantastic-fantasy, young-adult
Read from May 08 to 24, 2011

I won this book through firstreads, thanks you thank you thank you! This was a great read, and a striking story. At times, it reminded me of Chronicles of Narnia, what with the going to another world. But it was really the coming of age story that made me think of it. You have 5 kids who literally tumble into a world where they are forced to deal with circumstances beyond their control and they become better and more mature people because of it. They find things out about themselves that help them later on. On the other hand, it also reminded me of Hunger Games because this book deals with war. A lot of it. Battles, genocide, tyranny, the works. It gets quite brutal and violent, which would be a warning to those who don't like violence. I liked getting to know the characters, and I felt like they were developed pretty well. I don't know if I had a favorite character, but I liked that I hated Donald at the beginning and found myself warming to him at the end. I also enjoyed his sarcastic side. Novak's characters felt real, probably because they go through real life things. Novak doesn't shy away from abuse and bullying which feature prominently in the book. When they first enter the new world, they aren't jumping in all ready to fight, which would feel unrealistic. Instead, they are confused, terrified and in shock. Staci, although she drove me nuts because of this, loses it for some of the book. But this made her feel more like a real person. I liked the development of the story, and I look forward to reading more! I'd like to know what happens with the characters.
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