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Friday, February 27, 2009

Rgz Street Team: Sarah reviews The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Sarah reviews The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson:

The Explosionist is set in a parallel world. Napoleon defeated Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This caused many other events that conspired to create a very interesting world that you want to learn about.

Sophie Hunter lives in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1938. She goes to an all-girls school and hopes to be a scientist. Currently, bombs are going off all around the city and all young women might be forced to be drafted in to some sort of public service. Will this stop her dreams? After receiving a message from a medium, and soon after the medium's murder, Sophie finds that she might be in more danger. With the help of her friend Mikael, she uncovers the truth and it affects not only her, but all of Europe.

This book was amazingly well written and very interesting. The characters are amazingly real and loving. Once you start this book, you will be glued to the story. The story starts off slowly, but then you are put into this pit of amazing mystery and intrigue. There are some complicated plot twist, but it keeps your mind full of thoughts. This dystopia of a parallel world will keep you reading until the last word and then it will stay with you for long afterwards. The ending will make you want more, because it is such a wonderful book. --Sarah

4 comments:

Jenny Davidson said...

Thanks very much for the review! I'm glad you liked the book.

Melissa Walker said...

I met Jenny at a reading we did together and this world sounds like so much adventure! I can't wait to read it.

Great review, Sarah!

Little Willow said...

This book has been on my to-read list for a while!

Polo.Pony said...

Thanks for the great review - it looks like a wonderful book!