What this book is about:
Prue, 12, lives with her family in Portland near the Impassable Wilderness, a woody area of mystery that no one seems to be able enter. But, when Prue is out with 1 year old brother, Mac, he’s snatched up by a flock of crows in taken into the Impassable Wilderness. Prue sets out on an epic adventure to try to get her little brother back. She finds herself allied and helped by an unlikely group of humans and animals alike, while also being fought against by humans and animals.
What I liked:
The storytelling was very fun and engaging in this book. It’s for kids but as an adult, even I really enjoyed it. The book is so fat and has tons of stuff going on, but I never felt lost or overwhelmed by it. Another thing I really liked, which is odd, is that it’s easy to pick up and put down. Some books get me so hard that I cannot put them down, but this wasn’t like that. I didn’t ignore anyone in the time it took me to read, which I suspect my family also enjoyed.
What I didn’t like:
The villains weren’t really present in the story, which was interesting. When we first meet some antagonists, it really feels like oh man, these are REALLY the bad guys, but then they disappear as the story moves away from that location. The ultimate villain is a bit trope-ish and both antagonists end up being very easily dealt with. What really stops Prue is other circumstances and not so much working against the villains. I felt mildly disappointed that two 12 year olds (because a classmate Curtis joins in) end up doing most of the heavy lifting, outwitting and outsmarting the adults.
Overall thoughts and opinions:
It’s a great read, really. I think that kids will especially enjoy it, it was even enjoyable to read as an adult. A fast, easy read that doesn’t require a ton of emotional or intellectual investment.
I give this book 4 stars.