Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Book Review: A Measure of Disorder


High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw — if she lives long enough to enroll, that is.

Jenni's ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to another world.

There they encounter amazing creatures, some of which think a kid shish kebab would be a tasty treat. But they soon find the greatest dangers they face may come from themselves …

Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to discover who — and what — they really are.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
The dragon on this cover intrigued me from the get go.

First Thoughts:
I love looking into the thoughts of kids!

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My Review:
A Measure of Disorder revolves around a class trip gone awry. The students find themselves mysteriously transported to another land, where amazing things can and do happen. I extremely enjoyed the land of Mother! Following the characters through their adventure felt so much more vivid because of the landscape that Alan had built. New races, vivid landscape, one intriguing book.

This book is very well written with a younger audience in mind. The characters are easy to connect with, from the quiet, reserved girl to the overly popular, obnoxious girl, to the quintessential jock. What I loved most about the characters were how different they were from one another. Having such a large cast allows whatever reader happens upon this book to find someone they can invest in. We all know how important that is!

I will admit that this story does start out a bit slow. Please don't be put off by that. The build up doesn't really begin until the students leave their Earthen home, but it is well worth the wait. As I neared the end of the book, I found myself reading ravenously to find out what happened. I'd love to give more details, but this is really a book that you just need to read to appreciate.

Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to younger age lovers of fantasy. Make sure to read the teaser at the end of the book for book two! I am excited to see where Alan takes the story in the sequel.







Book Details
Title: A Measure of Disorder
Author: Alan Tucker
Publisher: MAD Design, Inc.
Pages: Paperback; 352
Source: Received from author.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
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