Friday, March 26, 2010

Freefall by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams


Freefall - the third book in the Tunnels series
Juvenile Fiction
2010 - Chicken House - Scholastic
599 pages

For some reason, I thought this was the last book in the series. How wrong I was! There's a fourth, Closer, and probably at least one after that since it's not described as the "conclusion".

Here's what's going on . . . Mrs. Burrows redeems her selfish self by not acting so selfish. Dr. Burrows, on the other hand, is insufferable! Selfish doesn't even describe him! His arrogance and obsession with his own interests, which take priority over his family, even at the peril of their safety, make him a top contender for "Worst Father of the World, Topsoil or Underground". Drake and Elliott are still heroes. Will Chester ever see the sun again? Is Martha, a new character, a potential hero or certain wacko who is bound to make things difficult? And, lastly, Will, our main character, still likeable, still watching out for everyone, and still going deep, deep, deep.

Don't try to start in the middle of this series. It is an ongoing, great story. You've got to start with Tunnels, if for no other reason, just to understand the true evil nature of the sinister Styx. As I said in my first review, the Styx are the newest and worst bad guys (a comment on their character, not how they're written) there's ever been. It's a good read, a bit detailed at some points, but thoroughly enjoyable!

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