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The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
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Feb 16, 2012

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Read from February 21 to March 03, 2012

I will start by saying that this book would have been given four stars save for its inability to describe everything I wanted described in what I assume was an attempt to protect the child market that it was so obviously aimed at. Mr. Slade did a great job bringing London into focus in this novel, and the futuristic "steam-punk" feel was a real bonus that made the book worth the read. I really loved Modo's (the main character's) ability to morph his looks, and his add-on sidekick was an extra bonus I did not expect in the first book of the series. I think my main problem was that the usage of Modo's gift was a bit limited and it seemed almost annoying to use, that and the fact that most every author in existence can only ever think of evolution bestowing superhuman gifts. The idea is so overused. Where's the imagination, people? I understand the reasons (for Modo's limitations, not the evolution excuse), but I personally wanted more. The intended audience of this book is about about 10-12 years of age in my humble opinion because of the happy-go-lucky and/or cover-their-ears kind of attitude it took towards danger and death. Slade seemed hesitant to admit people died save for a few select times (or maybe that's just how it felt). Aside from those two things, I really liked the book.

Overall: It was cute, short, and worth taking a chance on. Liked it, would recommend it, especially if you're a young reader or buying for one.

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