STAR RATING: 4 Stars
Book Description from Amazon
Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.
A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.
The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.
And time is running out.
The Eye-dancers by Michael S Fedison is unlike any story I’ve ever read. I don’t usually restrict myself to reading just one genre or age group for that matter, and thought by this time I’d read it all, but this middle grade novel still managed to surprise me.
The story starts with a group of friends all having the same dream, or perhaps rather nightmare, of a young girl pleading for help. After confessing the dreams to each other they discover the similarities and set about finding out how this situation came about.
What I liked about the book
The author took great effort in developing realistic characters with everyday struggles. Mitchell, Joe, Ryan and Marc all go through life facing their challenges on a daily basis and have each found their own way of dealing with them.
The story line is interesting and action packed. I couldn’t help but wonder what the little girl wanted, and why she was haunting their dreams. As the story progressed, my concern for the girl grew. She was obviously in some kind of trouble and had called upon the boys to help, but how were they going to help her? The intrigue was fascinating and made this a real page turner.
As expected when placed in extraordinary situations, the characters started to develop, question and grow. I enjoyed watching them go through different stages of development.
What I didn’t enjoy that much
I really didn’t like Joe. Even as his character developed and matured, I still found myself disliking him. This wasn’t a biggie, and other readers might well love him.
I read this book quickly as I thoroughly enjoyed the world the author created. I wanted to know what happened next, and often read well into the night. This was a very good read indeed.
STAR RATING: 5 STARS