Journal of Curious Letters The 13th Reality

Posted April 22, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Journal of Curious Letters The 13th RealityThe Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner
Series: The 13th Reality #1
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery / Suspence
Published by Aladdin on December 22, 2009
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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What if every choice you made created an alternate reality?

In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous— perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live? Tick’s journey continues in The Hunt for Dark Infinity! Mistress Jane and the Chi karda are back. Tick and Mistress Jane race to find the deadly Dark Infinity weapon. But who will destroy it—and who will become its master?

Literary's Views

I immediately was pulled in by all the mystery and intrigue surrounded by the unknown letters being sent to the main character Atticus Higginbottom and it lead me on a wild ride of solving riddles and death defining action.  What would you do if you were sent a letter saying your help was needed to save the world?  Well Atticus took on the challenge and found himself solving complicated mysteries while trying to stay alive.  I loved the story and how it pulled me in from the very beginning and didn’t let me go.  Atticus was a very relatable character and so was the various characters each having individual characteristics that made them stand out. Which made the story that much more believable.  I like the fact that the Atticus had a good family and parents that played at part in Atticus’s adventure.  It was refreshing to read how close a connection Atticus had with his father who actually had time for Atticus and took Atticus seriously playing a big part in helping Atticus figure out the clues.  The plot is what had me from the beginning and I liked how I was included in trying to solve the clues with each riddle being provided.  The world or worlds I should say that Dashner created was very creative from the enemies that Atticus and his friends had to face to all the gizmos and objects.  If I had to critique one thing it would be that the beginning of the story wasn’t as fast pace and action filled as I would have liked. Though Dashner made up for it by the middle and end of the book. This story is the first in the series and it left me wanting to run out and get book two!! I would recommend you go out and pick up this book!!

5 Stars

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