Lord of the Rings for the Call of Duty generation.
When his world changing experiment is sabotaged, fifteen year old genius Benjamin Knight is cast into another world where an uneasy peace hangs in the balance. Saved from near death by a band of traders, he joins the Road Trains on their journey north as he struggles to understand what’s happened to him.
However, Ben soon realises that everyone has their secrets and that no one is safe, especially when one man has the power to realise his ambitions.
Friends are lost, plots revealed and battles fought as the unlikely companions seek to prevent war.
Will appeal to fans of Anthony Horowitz, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, Garth Nix etc.
Benjamin Knight is a not so typical 15 years old boy. What makes him different? The fact that he is a genius and works for a very important company, Excelsior. He was forced by circumstances to see his parents less and his laboratory more often, but even so, he looks like a happy boy.
On the day he starts working at a very important projects along with his colleagues, everything in his life goes downhill. In the same day his project is sabotaged, he loses those that took care of him, much like his parents did and someone he thought it was his friend betrays him.
That is the day he finds himself thrown in a middle of a world he cannot understand. As much as it scared Ben, I found that new world fascinating. He was his entire life surrounded by technology and science and now everything is gone. Humanity seemed to have regressed and mild technology is regarded like long lost antiques. Actually electricity and laboratories are mere fables, children stories.
This new world raised my interest from the very beginning. I found it a little difficult to actually start the book, because there is no way you could put it under a genre, but once you start entering in the actual story, there is no way you can stop.
I liked Ben as a character; he is portrait as a normal teenager occasionally having a hero complex. He feels responsible for his friends so he does whatever it takes to help them. I also liked the supporting characters, but most of all I enjoyed the villain, old fashioned, smart, manipulative and with a hunger for power.
Rate: 4 stars out of 5