3 out of 4 stars
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The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid was an interesting story about living in an alternate realm where your name stays the same, but your personality changes. Although the book is a young adult fantasy book, I felt that the book could actually be the story of a boy looking into his imagination to deal with the world. His sister has disappeared and his family has struggled dealing with it. Will is often ignored and left alone to his own imagination. In this other world, he meets new friends and forms allies, as his life is constantly at risk in his journey.
I was often confused with the overall story because it seemed that there were many plots that were never completed. The main story is of Will Cleary entering a see-through world. However, I did not understand how he was the only one who ever returned when thousands of children have disappeared. His parents went crazy when both he and his twin disappeared and they have not come to terms with life in the past ten years. His father thinks the answer to finding Emmy is in books, while his mother believes it is in diving into the lake over and over.
Will is now back in Echoland, a land that exists beneath our own world. His sister is helping him in this land as he tries to right any wrongs that were done. However, even though Will has found his sister, he is not allowed to bring her back from Echoland. He is destined to save both the realms of Sounds and Echoes while fighting evil forces in both realms.
The book is fast paced and imaginative, but the story often does not flow very well. I felt the book was choppy and hard to follow. I also felt that the characters could have been developed a little better. There were often similarities to the Harry Potter series in the book, but the story did not play out as well as Harry Potter.
I think the author has an awesome imagination. I enjoyed the book illustrations and the descriptions of Echoland. The author painted vivid pictures of the scenarios. Although this is a fantasy, there is an underlying thought that we deal with the world around us in our own way. We often use our imaginations to take us out of reality.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited with no errors. I believe that the intended audience of this book would enjoy it, although I struggled with the choppiness and lack of character development. I would recommend this book for teens and young adults who like fantasy novels. However, the reader should keep in mind that the story touches on some mature topics such as death and the book has some violent scenes that are probably not appropriate for young teens.
The Crystilleries of Echoland
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