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Mytro by [Biggs, John]
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Length: 211 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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John Biggs lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York where he and his kids think up new adventures for Turtle and Agata.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K3O7BKA
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John Biggs is probably best-known for the work that he does at TechCrunch – he’s a technology journalist by day, a family man by night and an author in those rare moments in between. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mytro, his first work of fiction, because he’s so well-known for writing non-fiction – it turns out that I needn’t have worried.

In a nutshell, the story follows a young New Yorker called Turtle and his new friend Agata, as they explore the Mytro whilst simultaneously trying to escape the forces of evil. The Mytro is a mysterious underground train system, one that can take you from one part of the world to another in seconds but that comes with its own set of risks, including guardians called the Nayzun and the possibility that you might disappear on the tracks, never to be found again.

There are a few minor typos here and there, but that’s to be expected when a book is published independently - it has huge potential and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series. An excellent read for kids and adults alike, and one I recommend.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95eef1ec) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
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HASH(0x95c01c30) out of 5 stars Mytro is an amazing read. 11 May 2014
By victor - Published on Amazon.com
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John Biggs knows how to tell a story.

Mytro is about the interconnectedness of things, adventure, and the world beyond your neighborhood.

I write this review, having only read as far as Chapter 7, but I'm entranced. The story begins with an underdog hero, Paul, who everyone calls Turtle. He's attending an elite school on scholarship, and is clearly the outcast. He discovers a secret that allows him to form a sort of trust with boys from the upper social crust. From there, the story takes off and leads Turtle on an adventure around the world. Biggs doesn't adhere to easy conventions, and makes the story believable, even though it's about incredible things; Things like an underground train that doesn't exist for people who don't know the secret doors in the city, or a girl getting on the train in Barcelona and getting off in Manhattan, or that it isn't really a train at all, but something sentient, something that connects Earth to other worlds...

I'm hooked.

Parental info: There's a bit of the story that concerns parents being taken by bad men. I'm not suggesting this is inappropriate for children, only that you might want to know, so you may judge how your children will react. This is offset by the sentient Mytro commanding its engineers to protect them, but you may still have to address your children worrying about the parents of the story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c01e7c) out of 5 stars Wonderful characters, great story 9 May 2014
By S. Honeycutt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun story about two kids from two different countries uniting on a secret subway system to, well, basically save the world. Turtle and Agata are intensely likable and the Mytro is so imaginative and so well drawn, it will make you wish it really existed. Enjoy this book from a talented, emerging writer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c01e40) out of 5 stars One of the better Sci-Fi Fantasy novels for Milennials 27 Sept. 2014
By Jsherm76 - Published on Amazon.com
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Without spoiling too much about this book, I'll compare Mytro k to others that have truly resonated with me throughout life. First being the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. There were moments in Mytro that truly reminded me of some fantastic moments in Hitchhikers. The nuances Biggs detailed in the characters taking us through a fast-paced action adventure, as well as the actual beings in charge of the Mytro were pretty intense. I'm totally biased in some ways because my family comes from Barcelona, so he had me smiling a lot every time the Castilian character would attempt to speak English.

What I loved most about the novel, wasn't the character development, plot, or the world that Biggs created (although I loved all of those). To me, the best part was the pristine detail that Biggs implemented, to truly immerse us in his world. I also liked the twists and turns, as well as the feeling of wanting to know what was going to happen next. It's rare to see that sci-fi novel nowadays, because most great stories have been told.

There are a few other books that Mytro reminded me of, one being the Percy Jackson series, since I'm a big fan of mythology I ended up reading those, even though they are for kids. They were great books to entertain myself at the airport or the beach. But something that Biggs did that other books did not was truly dive deeply into another world, that was universal in scope, but existing on a completely different plane that humans haven't even thought of. The intricacies of the world he created will make you rethink your existence completely

The best part of Mytro, is that it brought me back to my childhood, where I forgot about the world around me, and lived vicariously through characters on a page. I watch movies more than I read, but reading this book made me want to read more (and I have been). It's nice to have people out there who are still transferring their imaginations into words for others to enjoy.

Biggs figured out a formula that worked. I'm really glad he decided to make this a trilogy, because I am excited to read the next two books. If you haven't already checked it out, click I suggest you pick up a copy. You won't be disappointed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c04150) out of 5 stars Biggs Delivers 12 Jun. 2014
By d_keller - Published on Amazon.com
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I found John Biggs through the Hour Time Podcast. His snarky remarks and biting humor made me an instant fan. When he announced he was writing a book (non-watch related), I got excited. I went ahead and picked up the book and have not been disappointed with my purchase.

It's a wonderful book for young adults and adults alike. It does a good job capturing the sense of discovery and adventure that we used to crave (and get!) as kids, and are most likely yearning for as adults.

I found the characters to be likeable and well-written (we all had a friend who was the Turtle of the group), as were the locales and action.

All in all, Biggs nailed it. Keep the story going man and get your darn Marie Antoinette book out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c041b0) out of 5 stars An excellent read! 1 Jun. 2014
By Micki Myers - Published on Amazon.com
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Mytro is a very engaging book. It isn't like most modern books because it's not a cliché; it has a real storyline. I didn't sleep for three nights because of reading this book — I just couldn't put it down! This book is very inspiring. I was inspired to draw what the characters looked like to me by using the strong figurative language. This book is enjoyable for all ages, and I really advise people to read it. You can learn good writing skills from this book.

This is why Mytro is solo good. I also hope that this review makes you want to read this book yourself! - Lucia Judy (age 11)
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