4 out of 4 stars
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Parker Kittridge couldn't understand why this particular hummingbird kept rapping on her window. Over the past several weeks, the bird's visit had become a routine, and it didn't look like it was going to stop without getting what it wanted. Parker, now curious, decides to oblige the bird. In the process of trying to get the bird to come to her, she slips, topples over the rail, and plummets 18 stories down, expecting the inevitable.
Parker didn't expect to be alive after the fall. More so, she didn't expect to find herself in Spyridon, a mysterious planet threatened by climate change and wars. She soon discovers she is on this planet with two other teenagers and that they must join forces to help save Spyridon from complete annihilation.
One If by Carol B Allen is an epic fantasy adventure that will thrill anyone who reads it. There are 35 chapters in this book, and Carol never dropped the ball in any of it. She stayed the course of sustaining the suspense in this book from start to finish, thereby stirring the zeal to keep reading it. This book is also rich in challenging vocabulary. So be sure to have a pen, jotter, and dictionary very close.
This book is rich in vivid imagery. The author describes events so clearly that it leaves graphic images in one's mind. One such example is, "Tears rolled down her cheeks, meandering through her scattered freckles." Didn't that tickle your imagination? Nevertheless, the characters in One If are perfectly designed. Like small gears working tirelessly for the mechanical advantage of a system, the characters form an inextricable alliance to bring an unpredictable climax to this book's intriguing story.
In this book, there is a clear intention to inspire teenagers to be courageous and believe in their abilities to effect positive change in the world. Carol also portrays the pressure teenagers experience because they seek vocations that are contrary to what people expect of them in this piece. Parker and the other two teenagers, Henley and Edison, are compelling characters who I am sure will inspire youths through their innovations, determination, and charisma.
I love everything about this book! The worldbuilding ability of the author is commendable. From the Virago trees of the Upperworld to the dark portals leading to the Underworld of Spyridon, the author's creativity shines through. This book made me laugh, I got emotional, and I feared greatly for the safety of Parker, my favorite character. Even though the end left me craving a sequel, I love how it left an enduring sweet taste in my mind. I, therefore, rate One If 4 out of 4 stars. It is clean, professionally edited, and without typos. I am recommending this book to lovers of fantasy adventures, especially young adults who like courageous female characters.
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