on 22 January 2014
Brains Bay is one of those brilliant stories that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat quite literally from page one. The plot is fast and entertaining, and has a comforting familiarity that takes the reader back to their schooldays. The main characters quickly become interesting and developed, so the reader feels obliged to pursue them as they are whisked away in an exciting adventure of four ordinary school friends fighting for their minds, and their lives.
Author Lando Hilton has given readers a deeply personal account of what it is to be a student with a hearing impairment, and I was particularly engaged by how the main character, deaf student "Eddie Landon" used many traits of his "disability" to his advantage in helping to save the lives of his friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed the humanizing descriptions of the characters, and found even the "baddies" to have almost somewhat likeable and certainly very intriguing traits.
I would strongly recommend this short novel to any IMAGINATIVE 8-15yr olds. :)
on 2 February 2014
I don't generally review books on Amazon, but having read Brains Bay I want to say something. Buy this book. I grew up with Alan Garner ('Elidor', 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen', 'The Owl Service') And I never thought that anyone would be able to top that. Brains Bay is a brilliant book, It has wry humour, it is very compassionate and it is absolutely compelling. My teenage son has read it twice, and I cannot believe he hasn't been on the Xbox, I wondered if there was something wrong! This is an outstanding, sensitive book with a great dose of black humour.