3 out of 4 stars
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The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham Belas Rift is and adventure following two Manna, Stig and Meg, as they try to stop the evil human Anet from destroying their world. From the start the two are sent through the Belas Rift from Chelldrah-ham into 21st century England. In the world of the humans they soon find that they are invisible, save the gold buttons on Stig’s coat and the bonnet on his trike.
It’s not too soon that they are discovered and hunted as an “anomaly” by helicopters and police of foot. Luckily, they find refuge and another Manna, Nobby, who helps them learn the ways of the human world and they avoid trouble for a while. That is until Stig causes trouble in the house Nobby has been able to reside in at night.
With the help of various kind humans Stig and Meg go on a journey to solve a puzzle they’ve uncovered. They get cause mayhem at every step, but someone is there to help them out and escape with little scratch. In the end they discover secrets they never imagined and continue on to their original goal; try and stop Anet.
My rating for Belas Rift is 3 out of 4 stars. I truly enjoyed the book. It was fun and funny. They way Stig and Meg used their own language and understandings of the human world instead of the correct words being used gave the book character. For example, the helicopters were “smelly copters” and their word for rust is “ust.” I also enjoyed that it wasn’t just a kid’s book, it’s for someone in about 13 and older. The characters who helped the heroes along the way had their own distinct personalities that stood out. It’s an all-around colorful book. I would consider reading the first two.
The reason I can only give the book 3 stars is because it can be confusing. There were times I had to re-read the scene because I wasn’t sure how it got to were it was. I had trouble imagining what was happening and I have questions about some specifics. It’s not very clear on what the size of the Manna is. All we know is they are smaller than humans but big enough to knock one down. Though this might be because it is the third book in a series. That considered the book, though confusing at times, does well as a stand-alone.
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