Monday, July 12, 2010
The Blade of Shattered Hope by James Dashner
As this book review is for the 3rd book in the series, please click on the following links to read my previous reviews for book one and two of the series: The Journal of Curious Letters and The Hunt for Dark Infinity.
Title: The Blade of Shattered Hope (Book 3 of The 13th Reality Series)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: MidGrade/Teen Sci-fi
Alerts/Warnings: Tense scenes and violence
Premise: Mistress Jane has tapped into the universe's darkest secret to create the Blade of Shattered Hope, and in her quest to attain a Utopian reality for the future of mankind she is ready to risk billions of lives to set her plan in motion. (King County Library System)
Opinions: This book received mixed reviews on GoodReads.com. However, personally, this is my FAVORITE book of the series so far. The author's writing continues to approve and the storyline remains very compelling. As the characters have been established in previous books the author is able to play more with how situations effect everyone on a more internal level. Mistress Jane reeks solidly of evil though it is clear that she feels her logic regarding her actions are just. I also loved getting to know Mothballs family.
I do admit that some scenes were graphically violent, but if you consider the situation and what you might have done in the same situation then the action makes sense (though personally I wouldn't have described it in the same amount of detail). This book is great in that it makes the reader ask how far he/she would go if everything and everyone they loved were threatened. I would recommend this series as a great read for teens and adults alike, but would also highly recommend that families read it together so they can have discussions about what happens.