A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this is the conclusion of the Land of Stories series, author Chris Colfer drops some pretty broad hints that we haven't seen the last of these worlds. Along the way, he delivers plenty of what his fans have come to love: wacky situations, heartfelt life lessons, and cosmic conflict, this time involving good and evil characters from many different worlds battling through half of New York City's landmarks. There's not much to worry about here; the violence and shenanigans are cartoonish, and the language mild (occasional "crap," "butt," "bastards"). With all the characters and plot lines from the series converging, there's a lot of ground to cover; Colfer wraps it up nicely. And seems to leave a door or two open for more.
What's the story?
When WORLDS COLLIDE this time, it's not just our world and the fairy tale world. Oh no, also clashing in the streets of New York in this interdimensional epic are heroes and villains from assorted literary works, plus the half-baked fictional creations of protagonist Conner Bailey's younger days -- in short, pretty much the entire cast of the previous Land of Stories series. Will Conner be able to rally his forces, free twin Alex (currently under a curse and laying waste to the city), and save the world, or will the villains have their way? Or, will the U.S. Marines nuke New York and Alex before Conner can break the curse?
Is it any good?
Heroes and villains from fairy tales, literature, and a middle schooler's fevered imagination duke it out in the Big Apple as Chris Colfer brings his fairy-tale-world series to a satisfying close. With all the plot lines from previous installments all converging in the epic finale, he's got a lot of ground to cover, and many returning characters are reduced to cameo appearances, but they're often pretty memorable. Fans of the unfortunate Froggy (trapped inside a magic mirror) will be in heaven as the amphibious prince battles curses, foils villains, and shines as a quiet hero. Protagonist and Colfer alter ego Conner Bailey harnesses the power of storytelling to battle dark forces -- and, maybe, passes the torch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether Worlds Collide does a good job of wrapping up the Land of Stories series. Have you read the other books in the series? Which volume do you like best?
Which characters would you like to read more about if there happen to be more stories?
One of the big themes in Worlds Collide is the way writing can change the world. Do you agree? Have you ever read something that completely changed the way you felt about some idea or issue?
- Author: Chris Colfer
- Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Brothers and sisters, Fairy tales, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Litt
- Publication date: July 11, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 448
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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