23 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Chromatics Attack (The Shadow World) by Karen Carr

I am amazed at how well thought out the worlds for this book are. I really thought I had pretty much read it all and nothing would surprise me, but Karen Carr has managed to grab me by the hair and say “hey, lookit, something new!”. I absolutely loved the whole premise behind this book. LOVED it. It’s totally bizarre and fun but has enough of a serious tone to it that I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen with Emison and her group of friends next.

The writing it very well done. There were just a few times that I got lost in the character’s dialogue, but it was overall a great book. I didn’t catch a single grammar or spelling error, it is a very cleanly edited book

While this book is geared towards the 4th to 9th graders, I, as a 30-something mom of 2 really enjoyed the plot and subplots that were rolling around in this quick read. I think I’ll pass it along to my 3rd grader as this is the type of book she would enjoy as well.

I recommend this for book for all ages, it’s written for the middle schoolers, but so many of us are coming out of the closet and admitting we enjoy some good young adult fiction that it’s safe to confess it now.

Twelve-year-old Emison prefers reason over impulse, but when her mom turns into a shadow and vanishes through their apartment wall, Emison’s well-ordered reality changes. She embarks upon a journey into a mysterious shadow world, where she encounters an evil gang of color scientists called the Chromatics.Emison must navigate the strange new world and her own insecurities to rescue her mom from the evil gang. Emison’s plan unravels when she changes into a flat-black shadow, and descends into the pitch-black land of darkness. To succeed in her quest, she must trust her friends and follow her instincts, which have always been wrong.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 54

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