Friday, January 25, 2013

Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders 2) by Brandon Mull

Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders, #2)Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great read from Brandon Mull. I couldn't put it down. I like how the plot has developed, and yet at the same time how he keeps it simple. No extra story lines. No flashbacks, chapters written from the antagonist's view, etc. Keep it sharp, clean and moving in one direction. This is the genre and level of book that I think can capture the most readers and deliver value to the most readers (not the same thing...) Can't wait for book 3.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A World Without Heroes (Beyonders 1) by Brandon Mull

A World Without HeroesA World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brandon Mull has become a fantastic author. Sure, his stories have depth. The plots are intriguing. His characters are genuine. But just as every person has a unique set of skills in life, I believe that if you are going to be a successful writer you have to have an edge, a competitive advantage if you will, that you can leverage into a career of bestsellers. After enjoying this book (and the whole Beyonders trilogy) I think that Brandon Mull has a gift when it comes to pacing a story. I feel like I got 6 books worth of content and story in just 3 books. I don't feel like he left anything out, or rushed any part of the plot. We didn't turn the page to find magically-developed characters, or too-good-to-be-true resolutions. No, everything developed in its own time, but he just keeps the pace going all the time, consistently. And for that I give him the full range of stars, and I look forward to reading his future books.