Original Eco-tale, Not This Author's Best,
This review is from: Green Boy (Hardcover)
Twelve year old Trey has a younger brother Lou. Lou does not speak and has epilpesy. They live in the idyllic Bahamas on a small island, which is under threat of a large development. A parallel world called Pangaia has been destroyed ny overdevelopment and pollution. Lou has been chosen by the people of the underworld to restore it back to a its former glory.
This is a good eco-tale, but for those of us brought up on the double Newberry award winning "Dark is Rising" sequence, this book will be a disappointment. There is still a small celtic element in the folk of Pangaia, and a strong mystical thread to the story. Nevertheless the world creation did not really seem to work form me. I loved the writing about the Bahamas, but I can barely bring Pangaia to mind at all. In any case it felt a little over-contrived. A cautionary tale that was simply not subtle enough
The ending of the story was pleasant, and I did enjoy this book. Nevertheless if I wanted to sell Susan Cooper as a writer to someone I would give them "The Dark is Rising" or her newer "Victory" or "The Boggart" in preference to this book.