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The Pool of Fire by John Christopher
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May 12, 09

Read in May, 2009

I'd give it 3.5. It wasn't as good as the second book, but it was very exciting and tense, with a good, thoughtful conclusion.

I thought the whole series was very interesting, suspenseful, and had some really harrowing, scary moments. All 3 books are good, quick reads that held my interest and kept me on the edge of my seat. My only problem is that I feel that the books have a lot of action, but not so much character or emotional development. Many of the characters seem rather two-dimensional and there didn't seem to be a lot of human connection, except amongst a few. Much of the story seems almost like a log someone kept of events that transpired, but without personal touches or feelings of a journal or diary (with a few exceptions). The narrator is more "real" than anyone, but even he often seems kind of sketchy. I guess more detail and feeling could have been added, but then the books may not have been the quick, fun and exciting reads that they are!

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