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Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
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Recommended to S.A. by: I would like to thank the publisher for supplying me with an ARC for review.
Read from March 07 to 17, 2012

Adventure, intrigue, muscle, and poetically-threaded language carry this tale from great to extraordinary.

The mere premise of a Beyonder draws interest. Enchantment abounds when average characters are called from their world to another. Couple that with a marvelously created world brimming with pitfalls, turmoil, fantastic characters, and some of the most intricately created creatures, and you have a winner.

In Seed of Rebellion, book II in the Beyonder series, the reader finds Jason desperate to deliver important information he learned at the end of book II. Plus, he longs to find Rachel, the other Beyonder who was inadvertently left behind when he was sent home.

Vivid imagery and concepts set this story apart, yet begin with familiar elements such as a living hand that uses sign language and a human-swallowing hippo that acts as a portal to Lyrian. Both work to connect this sequel to its beginnings. But the subtle ingredient of a shadowy figure appearing and following Jason is what set this story into action--action that continues until the last word.

Although a new barrier blocks Jason's path at every turn, he does eventually locate Rachel and delivers his message, only to discover the evil Maldor has advanced in his quest to control Lyrian. Jason and Rachel join forces with old acquaintances and even a few enemies as they seek answers to defeating Maldor. But finding allies becomes trickier, as the hidden character of some and the underlying nature of this world slowly unravels. The intricate relationships and characteristics between some of the characters makes a great platform for the reader to see uniqueness in people and how to accept, or in a few cases, deal with others' differences.

Along the way, Jason and Rachel are confronted with even more disturbing secrets about this strange world, which brings them front and center with fantastical creatures, even the walking dead. Here, their true roles in this world are exposed and each must decide whether to accept them or not. And when their only way to forge a true rebellion and preserve their freedom is to prove success against Maldor is even a possibility, they must seek the wisdom of an Oracle.

As in every dangerous adventure, the wisdom they seek is more complicated than they'd expected, which might lead to a solution or to more trouble. Readers will have to stay tuned to discover that answer in book III.

I would definitely recommend this book (and the series) to middle graders who love to read, and any young adult or adult. NOTE: my recommendation for the middle grade age is a must, but I would simply caution those whose reading ability is limited. Although I absolutely love the poetic language, some younger children might find it difficult to comprehend. Making this a read-aloud as a group would be a fantastic idea.
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Reading Progress

03/07/2012 page 25
5.0% "The writing is poetically engaging and the story is action-packed. Whoa...can't wait to read more!"
03/14/2012 page 325
62.0% "The writing is poetic, the characters are strong, and the world-building is fantastic!"
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