Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: The Sound and the Echoes by Dew Pellucid

Summary: Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law—no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince’s Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.
Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting. And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

Kim's Review: I was given an ebook of The Sound and the Echoes to review, and I decided to give it a chance because the plot seemed interesting. Overall, I thought this book was okay. The plot was pretty good, although I wasn't really dying to know what happened next because you could sort of figure out how the book was going to end (although that is to be expected, considering the book is for middle school kids). I think this novel's strongest point was its characters; I loved all of them (except for the ones you were supposed to dislike). Each character seemed to have their own little quirk, which was fun to read. 

However, the one category I was a little disappointed in was the writing. There were a lot of typos, which were a bit distracting, and the descriptions of Echos and their universe seemed redundant. It seemed like the word "see-through" was used way too often, when the description would have sufficed without it.

All in all, Pellucid created a magical universe that is fun to read about through interesting characters. If you can look past some errors in the writing, this is a good book.

(Also: check in tomorrow for some exciting news regarding this book! ;) )

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