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Tunnels by Roderick Gordon
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did not like it
bookshelves: never-finished

Despite a recommendation from a friend that this new series was reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Magician's Nephew, this book was a huge disappointment. True there is an obsessed, uncaring relative of a boy who stumbles on to another world, but the similarities end there. Tunnels is the story of a family who is distracted, at best, and dysfunctional at worst. The father locks himself in the basement to get away from his family; the mother cares for nothing except her TV; and the sister is obsessed with cleaning and shoulders the whole burden of running the family. Will is a youngster with a passion for excavations and uncovering treasures. I could admire him for being a bit of a misfit and discovering the hidden world, but the problem was, the other world was no better than the world he left. There was no hope, nothing positive anywhere. The world underground is controlling, dark, and negative in every way. The last straw for me was when the entire community was forced to attend church where the evil Styx preacher, complete with a iron cross and rivets in the background, completely twists and misquotes Scripture. Seven hours into the audiobook, I shut it off and deleted. Very disappointing.
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Reading Progress

July 25, 2011 – Started Reading
July 25, 2011 – Shelved
August 3, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 28, 2015 – Shelved as: never-finished

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