I would describe this book as inconsistent. In some parts, it was airtight, truly incredible writing. In others, it was all in pieces. There was explosive dialogue with a wonderful addend of dialect, but, then, there were too many inside phrases, too many I thinks and I did’s…..they never spoke aloud! Sometimes the sentences were too long and too awkward, with redundant descriptions that sat on the borderline of mind-numbing. The setting also changed too much—it seemed like the explorers were in a new place every couple of pages. I also felt that the author, at the end of the book, went the easy way out on some of the major plot holes that the book had, covering them with shoddily executed one-liners that didn’t really relate. One thing that this book was consistent AND exceptional in was the characterization. Summerhouse’s character development and personalities made them almost irresistible—you loved some, you hated some, you connected with some. It was flawless. Altogether, though, I felt it was a slightly bogus book that could have been executed better.
“I was falling through a shadow of snow. The next something solid came flying up out of nowhere and –SMACK!—everything went black.”
I would recommend this book for all ages, as there is no profanity and sexual situations. There is a little bit of violence and death, so if that bothers you, you may want to skip over this book.
Will Orion Poe be able to solve the mystery of the Lost Explorer AND find a way to get home unscathed and alive? Read Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer by William Summerhouse to find out!