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Deception Peak by Dianne Lynn Gardner
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Aug 27, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

I received this book as a copy for review, but I would gladly pay for it as well. Deception Peak tells the story of Ian Wilson, a teenager who follows his dad into their computer into the Realm, an alternate universe of sorts. When Ian's dad is lost and Ian himself is captured, he must risk everything to save his dad and begin to find their way home.

The first thing I want to say is what a great storyteller Ms. Gardner is. I loved the imagery of the landscapes, of both Ian's world and the Realm. I loved the way the story flowed. Pretty much, I loved everything about this book.

Ian is a shy teenager at first with his dad as his only friend. I felt for him. Having very few friend growing up, I understood how he felt. Even today, I believe this book is a great book for teens everywhere, including boys. I can't wait for my children to be a couple years older so I can share this wonderful book with them.

Fantasy is not one of my favorite genres to read, but with books like Deception Peak, it's quickly moving up my top ten. The story is insightful, heartbreaking, familiar, adventurous... and it has a dragon! The Realm is very well crafted, from the landscape to the politics of the two tribes within. Even those who are not huge fantasy lovers will find something to love and relate to in this novel.

I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this trilogy!
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