2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

REVIEW: Thirteen - Tom Hoyle

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

GENRE: Alternative History
PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children's Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY ITWaterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

Born at midnight in London, on the stroke of the new millennium, Adam is the target of a cult that believes boys born on this date must die before the end of their thirteenth year. Twelve boys have been killed so far. Coron, the crazy cult leader, will stop at nothing to bring in his new kingdom. And now he is planning a bombing spectacular across London to celebrate the sacrifice of his final victim: Adam.

An action-packed and exciting novel that ramps up the tension with each chapter. Adam is a great character - despite being thrust into an incredibly dangerous and strange scenario, he was brave and determined to protect those around him and to survive. Coron was a fantastic villain; it was scary believable as there really are people that are that warped and believe in their delusions. 

It was impressive for a début novel, the only thing that let it down ever so slightly was that the end sequence was a bit too short - it felt like it had been built up so much that it could've used a bit of extra time. But overall I was very impressed and I'd definitely read more by this author.

- Gem.

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