Thursday, April 19, 2007

MOCK NEWBERY: Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis

Starred Review: Kirkus 12/15/06
Author: Druitt, Tobias
Title: Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis
Fantasy 12-15
ISBN: 375833838
This sequal to Corydon and the Island of Monsters is of course similar to its predicessor in style and language. It is full of references to classical mythology some of which the 12-15 yr old readers will be familiar with and even more which they won't be. It sometimes reads as a more serious version of the Percy Jackson books.
The cover of the book and the flap noes do grab your interest and the premis of the book will grab the interest of many readers who like adventure or mythology. The problem comes once you actually get into the book. The adventurous plot starts to slow down and get bogged downin details. Then even more characters are added to a fairly large original group of monsters.
I can't tell you how the book ends or if the slow plot picks up speed again, though I will wager a guess that it does about 3/4 or so through the book, because I stopped reading and just couldn't dredge up the interest in it to even peak at the ending.
Review by:
Latricia Batchelor Markle
Tenafly Public Library

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