Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Angel Factory

By Terence Blacker

Thomas Wisdom has a great life. He’s popular at school. He gets good grades. He lives in a nice home. His parents are caring, wise, and supportive. His life is perfect. Almost too perfect.
When Thomas opens a secret file on his father’s computer, he discovers that in his perfect world, nothing is what it seems—not even himself. The truth—if he is brave enough to face it—can be found only in the place they call “The Angel Factory”.

Got this at the local library and when I saw on the cover that it "Deserves to be ranked alongside Lois Lowry's The Giver" that was good enough for me.  One hint people: you shouldn't hype up a book like that unless it actually does rank alongside an award winner like Ms. Lowry's book. Sheesh. I probably would've read this book anyway, but raising my expectations like that did not do the author any favors. This book was a pretty good premise, but felt half-baked. It was sufficient to keep my interest, but in the days of the dystopian/science fiction, this book was barely average if that. It could've been more fleshed out and written loads better. With that said, it was interesting and did have a few good twists. It just fell short for me.
2 1/2 out of 5 (mostly for lack of connection with characters and depth to the story) Had promise.

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