“Tunnels” by Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

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The novel Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams finds 14 year old Will Burrows not quite fitting into suburban society. With stark white skin, platinum hair, and an intense interest in archaeology, Will certainly deviates from the stereotypical teenage norms. When Will and his best friend Chester are on one of their impromptu archaeology expedition, they discover what appears to be, quite literally, an “underground” civilization. When it turns out that the so called “Colony” is much more sinister than it first seemed, Will finds himself attempting to navigate his way through a secret society driven by unknown motives.

I initially read this novel since I was looking for an entertaining book that was also very long to keep me entertained longer. Despite the length of the novel, the story was quick-paced and entertaining with its unique and intricate premise. The book had much darker undertones than the typical young adult novel; however, the fleshed out, three-dimensional characters whom the story is focused around provided the readers with an emotional investment that helped balance the darker subject matter. The book Tunnels was able to easily keep hold of my attention due to its incredibly original plot. I have never read a book with a similar premise to this one making it very refreshing and thought provoking.

I would recommend this book to a wide variety of potential readers. Though the slighter younger audience may want to avoid this book due to its lengthiness and more sinister plot lines, young adult readers looking for an exciting narrative that is atypical from so many other works of fiction will thoroughly enjoy this particular novel.

Check this book out or put it on hold

-Lisa F.

“January (Conspiracy 365)” by Gabrielle Lord

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A thrilling series about 15 year-old Callum Ormond, who gets a dire warning one New Year’s Eve, “They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days!” Still mourning the loss of his dad, Cal is thrust into a life on the run, where he alone is hunted by both the law and ruthless criminals after being framed for the horrific assault of his sister and uncle.

Why I picked it up: I was intrigued by the idea of a series of 12 books, each one containing a month’s worth of adventure and danger.

Why I finished it: It was a very quick read, and I am a sucker for a good mystery. Especially when it includes cryptic drawings, a riddle, and jewels!!

I’d give it to: Fans of the Thirty-Nine Clues series or even the TV show “24” would enjoy the twists and chills. I would especially recommend the series to any reluctant reader who prefers action to dialogue. The pages are numbered in reverse order, so it’s a literal countdown to the end of the book.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Lori Kerce