Wednesday, February 6, 2013

“Elemental” by, Antony John

Thomas is a sixteen-year-old boy growing up on an island with a handful of others who have survived a plague. The people in this colony all have special elemental powers, with the exception of Thomas who was born without one. When a group of pirates invade the island and take all the adults captive, Thomas and the other kids have to find a way to rescue them and save their home.

Elemental has a story and characters that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

*Thomas is a relatable character and the story is told from his perspective. I felt sorry for him and how isolated he was throughout the story.

*Alice and Rose are very different from one another but they both care for Thomas. The girls add great layers to this story and I liked them both very much.

*Griffin is Thomas’ little brother who can’t talk. He and Thomas use sign language to communicate and Griffin is one of Thomas’ only friends.

The adults don’t have a very big part in this story but I liked it that way. The focus is on the kids and how they are dealing with a situation that is not in their control. It is very interesting to see them cope and change as the story goes along.

Elemental is obviously the first in what will be a series and I am excited to see where the author takes these characters.

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