7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great for kids not so great for "kidults",
This review is from: Operation Red Jericho (Guild Trilogy) (Hardcover)
I picked this up for around UKP3 in a remaindered bookstore and am glad that I did - it's a lovely little volume - but also glad I didn't pay more.
The clothbound hardcover, with it's elastic-banded journal format is a very nicely put-together artefact, with heaps of great sketches and illustrations and lovingly-detailed pull-out charts.
However, the writing is frankly poor (compared with, say, the Philips Pullman and Reeve) and I couldn't wait to finish, in order to start a better book. This may be okay for children - but even then I suspect I'm doing them a disservice, as they deserve good writing, too. Basically, the prose was clunky (under a facade of pacy brevity) and the story was rather cliché-ridden. Certain things - like the protaganists names - just didn't sit right and characterisation was two-dimensional at best. A fun romp, but not one of the great achievements of recent "young-person's literature".