“How lucky that you’ve found my message!
Reality is in danger of splitting at the seams and I hope you have the courage of heart to help. You will soon receive twelve clues: solve them and face an important destiny; don’t and many lives will be at risk.
The decision is yours.
Atticus Higginbottom, Tick to his family, is a normal 13 year old boy. He doesn’t know anyone in Alaska so who could possibly be sending him letters from there, warning that dangerous events have been set in motion? Surely the strange message is someone playing a joke on him, or his sister, Lisa, playing a trick…but then would Lisa use words like ‘despicably’ or ‘indubitably’- probably not, and how would she manage to get an Alaskan postmark on an envelope?
Tick can’t quite bring himself to destroy the letter, even though the mysterious writer gave him the chance to burn it and stop the madness and despite the strange things that are happening when the next one arrives he feels he has made the right choice. However, even Tick, who is so clever that his Dad calls him The Professor, has to do some serious thinking to work out the riddles involved.
As the letters build up and the clues prove more difficult Tick turns to the internet to see if anyone else has received the strange letters, he eventually finds Sophia and Paul who are in the same situation and after some scary situations they finally meet up…in a different reality. Can they work together to help M.G stop dangerous Mistress Jane in time?
Luke’s Review- The 13th Reality, Journal of Curious Letters
I loved this book, it took me a couple of chapters to really get into it but once I did I couldn’t put it down. By the end of chapter three I wanted to read it all in one go! I really wanted to work out the clues with Tick and they all got me thinking. I can’t think that I have ever read a book like this before, it’s sort of a mix of science fiction, maths and magic and starts you thinking of lots of different things.
This book moves quickly as something interesting happens in each chapter and you just want to keep reading for the next clue, strange event or interesting character.
James Dashner introduces the idea of Quantum Physics in The 13th Reality which I had heard of but didn’t understand- I am still not sure I understand it but it definitely makes a bit more sense and sounds more interesting now!
I like the way that this book makes you think about how one small thing can have an impact on so many other things and how if you just change one thing it can completely change the outcome of something.
I thought the friendships in the book were good- Tick is badly bullied at school and he is very self conscious but his new friends are proper friends and they don’t notice any of the things that worry Tick- it is like he has found his group and he can be himself. I also liked how Tick was able to talk to his Dad later on in the book and tell him all the things that were worrying him and how his Dad helped him face everything.
I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series as I am desperate to know what happens next in the Realities. I would say The 13th Reality is probably best for children my age and over so probably 9+ but would also be enjoyed by children a fair bit older too.
Information from Mum
The 13th Reality Journal of Curious Letters is out on 8th February. You can find out what other book bloggers thought by following the Blog Tour over the next few weeks. Also check out Luke’s own version of alternative realities here-it’s made up entirely from books he has read- we’d love to know what would make up your favourite version of reality too!
Disclaimer: Sweet Cherry Publishing sent us a copy of The 13th Reality for review purposes but all thoughts are our own.