Author: Robert Jackson-Lawrence
Number of Pages: 312
Lord of the Rings for the Call of Duty generation.
When his world changing experiment is sabotaged, fifteen year old genius Benjamin Knight is cast into another world where an uneasy peace hangs in the balance. Saved from near death by a band of traders, he joins the Road Trains on their journey north as he struggles to understand what’s happened to him.
However, Ben soon realises that everyone has their secrets and that no one is safe, especially when one man has the power to realise his ambitions.
Friends are lost, plots revealed and battles fought as the unlikely companions seek to prevent war.
Will appeal to fans of Anthony Horowitz, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, Garth Nix etc
It’s refreshing to read something like this once in a while. And when I say something like this I am of course talking about a story with a teenager that has a brain and is capable to take decisions that helps him stay alive. Ben is a strong main character, of course a genius, but a little naïve. He seems to always trust the wrong persons. He is not the absolute hero and often needs saving. Benjamin is just a real teenager, a very smart one, lost in a world he cannot understand.
I wouldn’t know where to place Knightfall. We don’t get answers to all the questions in the first volume and labeling the book as a distopy, fantasy or science fiction is very hard. We have the new mysterious world he ended up in, where there is no electricity and his world seems to have never existed, but he woke up in the same laboratory he was working in. Others might find this a minus, but I enjoyed the mystery behind the new universe. It makes me ask questions, it makes me theorize and no matter what others say I like being wrong when I try to guess something in a book. This means that is unpredictable, which is a good thing.
Another thing that I loved was the love (ish) story. It is not exactly the center of attention, and Benjamin is charmed by the princess’s appearance from the first moment he lays eyes on her, but the thing he is focused on is to try and save people.
And the thing I was not very happy about was the shifting between POVs. I know that it was necessary, because we needed to see other character’s actions while Ben was away, but every time it took me a while to get used to it.
Other than that, I absolutely enjoyed the story, the characters and the mystery.
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