The Book of Lost ThingsAuthor: John Connolly
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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David doesn't know much about life beyond the walls of his room, except what he reads in his books. Mourning the death of his mother and angry at his father for moving on so quickly, David is pulled into a world next to our own and discovers all the stories he's read have come to life. However, these stories are different. Angrier. Darker.As David makes his way through the world to find the king and the mysterious Book of Lost Things that will help him get home, he encounters adventures he never imagined. But a danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to destroy David and his entire future.
Enthralling and really enjoyable. John Connolly cleverly twisted the stories we knew and loved and turned them into more fascinating – albeit sinister – tales.
I must admit that I only found things interesting when David got into the forest. But from then, I was hooked. I liked the mystery and the thrill of the adventure – for it was an adventure, however dangerous it was. I liked the people David met and who helped him: the Woodsman, Roland, Anna and even the dwarfs. I liked how David transformed from a sad and frightened boy into a brave child capable of helping and saving others and himself. Above all, I liked that he learned his lesson and made amends with people in his life.
There were heartbreaking times but there were also moments of triumph. I think both helped David change into a child ahead of his years. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing because he learned a lot through his journey that made him a better person.
I especially liked the twists in the story: the identity and the story of the king, who the Crooked Man was, the reappearance of a friend towards the end, the reason why there are Loups and other sinister creatures in the forest. Everything was well-thought of and well-executed. David’s adventure intertwined with a darker version of the fairy tales made up for a very engrossing story.
The ending reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia. Like the Pevensie siblings with Narnia, David returned to the forest in the end, just like what the Woodsman said. And I imagined it to be a bittersweet reunion because while David left his world, he returned to a land wherein he had a great adventure and learned a lot.
THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is a beautiful amazing book. Recommended to readers of all ages. I loved it.