26 December 2010

No Passengers Beyond This Point; Gennifer Choldenko

No Passengers Beyond This PointNo Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story about the Thompkins siblings (Finn, India and Mouse) has the same energy as the Al Capone books, and the same flair for dialog, but the plot is - I think - too confusing for readers. We start with the usual sibling squabbling, interrupted by Mom informing the trio that they've lost their house and that while she finishes the school year in California (where they live, and where she teaches), they will be moving to Colorado to live with their Uncle Red. Needless to say, they're not happy about this news.

The move will be happening the next day, and the kids will fly to Denver, where Uncle Red will meet them, or send a driver to get them to his home. The usual TSA stuff happens, and then we're on board the flight, which sets down somewhere that doesn't quite feel like Denver... it doesn't quite feel like anywhere they've ever experienced or heard about. Since the book is told in alternating chapters by all three, you get to hear how Mouse, Finn and India react to this change in their situation. I won't go further except to say that their reactions surprised me, until I figured out the plot twist (which, as I thought about it, was obvious in retrospect).

ARC provided by publisher.

View all my reviews

No comments:

Post a Comment