Monday, June 8, 2009

Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese

"The boy felt as if he'd emerged, fully conscious and wholly formed, out of nothing."

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Abstract: A boy awakens, blindfolded, with no memory of even his name, but soon meets Lord Umber, an adventurer and inventor, who calls him Happenstance and tells him that he has a very important destiny--and a powerful enemy.

Publisher: Aladdin; 342 pages

7 comments:

Jill said...

Wow...first comment!

I thought this was a very solid book. I enjoyed Happenstance and Umber, as well as their cast of supporting characters. It was slightly predictable towards the end, but I appreciate Catanese's open end to the book...it leads quite nicely into a sequel that I would read. Towards the beginning, I saw glimpses of similarities to Graceling, which was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It ended up taking a completely different road, which I was glad for. I think upper elementary kids will enjoy this book, as well as possibly learn a lesson or two. I commend Catanese on tackling real issues throughout this fantasy book. This one definitely makes my short list at the moment!

Anonymous said...

LOVED this story - especially the unexpected combination of genres that set it apart from other fantasies. It combined exciting action with thought-provoking insights. Characters were great fun, especially Umber and the too-truthful Oates. Super creepy at times, and the author knows how to paint pictures with words. The end was satisfying enough but really looking forward to the sequel!

Teresa said...

I agree that this is a solid sequel opener, not a stand-alone book. I was disappointed with how the author allowed the reader to be with Hap the entire time, knowing his thoughts and emotions and experiences -- except for that key bit of information near the end. You know what I mean, the little big help that Sophie called out, that I thought Hap didn't hear until I learned that yes, he did it hear and it was key to the entire outcome of the book. The reader wasn't privy to *that* info so the story would have more suspense, I guess. This reader simply felt left behind in a critical part of the action and character development of the story.

Teresa said...

I should have said "series opener" instead of "sequel opener," but you all probably knew what I meant. :)

Kris said...

Great story overall, some disappointments at the end -- I agree with Teresa, I was somewhat confused at times. However, I would definitely recommend this to young readers looking for a new fantasy series.

HAH said...

I liked this series opener and look forward to future installments. I sure hope it is not as drawn out as Wheel of Time! :-)

Jen said...

I really enjoyed the book, and look forward to future installments. I am very glad to know about this book and will recommend it widely; but don't think it stands alone.