New Lands: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 2
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Lands -- the lively sequel to Deadweather and Sunrise -- takes 13-year-old orphan Egg Masterson and his newfound friends on adventures to the New Lands, where villains galore, including the father of Egg's true love, are trying to kill them. Expect some violence and death and plenty of references to excrement and other bodily functions -- as well as page-turning adventure, interesting characters, and many surprises. Laughs mix with serious ethical issues and personal tragedy.
What's the story?
Picking up where Deadweather and Sunrise left off, NEW LANDS: THE CHRONICLES OF EGG, BOOK 2 finds 13-year-old Egbert ("Egg") Masterson and his newfound, hook-handed friend Guts in search of the treasure whose existence came to light in the first book. Egg is still madly in love with Millicent; Millicent's father has already murdered Egg's family and made a few attempts on Egg's life as well; Millicent is deeply conflicted. In the course of their adventures, they meet friendly and not-so-friendly locals, including a beautiful guide. The fearsome pirate Burn Healy also returns, taking a strange interest in Egg's welfare.
Is it any good?
Besides the frequent laughs, there's a spirit of globetrotting adventure in the Chronicles of Egg books -- along with a large gross-out factor. Author Geoff Rodkey's early writing credits include both Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Beavis and Butt-Head, and there's a certain family resemblance in this series. While not as replete as Deadweather and Sunrise with disgusting fluids and body parts, New Lands has many references to vomit, pee, farts, and dung and enthusiastic use of swear words in an imaginary language, all of which (along with the swashbuckling) will appeal to many boys of a certain age.
It also offers further development of some intriguing characters, a raft of plot twists, and a cliffhanger ending that sets up the next volume. A big plus is Egg's narrative voice as he tries to make sense of forces beyond his control, from first love to the fact that people are trying to kill him.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about pirate tales. Why do you think stories about pirates have been popular for so long? How does New Lands compare with others you know?
What ethical issues does Egg have to deal with? Do you think he makes the right choices?
Do you see any similarity between the oppressive colonialism in this fictional world and what's happened in history?
|Topics:||Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Pirates|
|Publisher:||G.P. Putnam's Sons|
|Publication date:||May 2, 2013|
|Number of pages:||336|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||10 - 17|
|Available on:||Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle|