|AUTHOR: Antony John|
SERIES: planned trilogy
PUBLICATION DATE: November 21, 2012
SOURCE: publisher's review copy
GENRE: science fiction
GIVE IT TO: MS readers who like pirates/survival
REVIEW: I had high expectations when I started this book. I have always been fascinated by the story of the Roanoke Colony. Elemental is the only fiction title I know of that features Roanoke Island and incorporates the disappearing colony into a new story. Add a deadly virus, scheming pirates, a love triangle, long-buried secrets, supernatural powers, and mortal danger into the mix, and I should have been hooked. I wasn't.
I don't think this book is terrible; I just wasn't into it. The first few chapters were slow-going, and by the time the action finally picked up, I just didn't care much anymore. The love triangle is weak, and I didn't really care which girl Thomas ended up with. He fluctuated so much between them, I really doubt he really knew who to choose, either. The love triangle won't matter to everyone, but for me, a good romance can salvage a dull story enough to keep me reading. It isn't enough in this book.
Did I hate it? Not exactly. While it wasn't my thing, I know there are plenty of readers who are far more patient than I am who would probably love Elemental. Author Antony John chose his Roanoke Island setting wisely; the setting alone will draw readers. If they can get past the first 100 or so pages, readers will enjoy plenty of action and mystery.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Not for me, but I think lots of people will enjoy it.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I plan to order it. There is definitely an audience for it at my school.
READALIKES: The Maze Runner (Dashner)
- Overall: 2/5
- Creativity: 4/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Engrossing: 2/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Appeal to teens: 3/5--some will love it, some will not
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: mild; some kissing
- Violence: mild; fighting, death
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
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