Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pageants of Despair

Peter is a normal boy, living a normal life, until that
fateful day.

His mother was out walking and was molested. Now Peter is
on a train away from his hometown to visit with his aunt and
uncle. On the train, he meets a stranger named Gilbert.
This stranger is stranger than any person Peter has ever met
before. He says he is from fourteenth century Dunfield.
Gilbert takes Peter back in time to save a play that is
turning the unsuspecting actors into the characters they play.

When the story takes a turn for the worst, what will Peter do?

First off, this book was brilliant. The idea behind the
plot was fascinating. On the other hand, the plot was
sparse, and confusing. The author would explain bits here,
and there, and then the rest would be up to your

His characters didn't have a lot of depth, they seemed
unnatural, unlike real people. Hamley didn't do a very good
job of getting into a young boys mindset. It sounded more
like an older man contained in a twelve-year-olds body.

The book didn't always make a whole lot of sense, definitely
an advanced read.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 5

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA