Monday, April 18, 2011
The Emerald Atlas - John Stephens
The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I opened this book. I was excited because I felt there was a good vibe from it but was also concerned that it would feel too similar to other books. Although there were moments when I thought “hey this reminds me of…” it only happened early on in the book. If there were moments later on that should have triggered that reaction I didn’t notice it because I was too wrapped up in the story.
The Emerald Atlas was about the adventure three siblings mistakenly fall into. I loved the relationship between the three siblings, they had one of those “I can beat you up because we are related but if someone else tries, they will have to go through me first.” Kate is the oldest and steps into the parental role after they lose their parents. Michael is the cute nerdy kid who has knowledge that turns out to come in handy for the kids. Emma is the youngest of the three and I love her as the comic relief. She is cute and spunky and I couldn’t help but laugh at some of her remarks.
When I started the book, I was instantly excited and obsessed with it. My hopes were high but as the story progressed I found the energy that it opened with had died off and I started to become uninterested but just as I was becoming concerned, the story leveled out and the remainder was a constant pleasure. This is the first book in a series and I am excited to see what comes next.
**Source: ARC from publisher