The Game of Sunken Places

The Game of Sunken Places
Age Range
10+
Release Date
July 01, 2004
ISBN
0439416612
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Thee Game of Sunken Places (A Room with Books review)
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The first thing that drew me into this book was the premise. It sounded a bit like Jumanji what with the board game adventure and all. It turned out quite similar to that, but much darker. I was impressed with the story line itself, but sadly, everything else was a bit unremarkable.

The characters weren't all that memorable. Gregory was sadly pretty flat for a main character. He was all about being the "easy-going funny guy" and that was basically the end of his personality. Brian seemed to mostly be the "shy-unassuming-best-friend" but he had some shiny moments and if you look for it, you can even detect some growth. I was actually most impressed by one of the secondary characters most. (I would tell you who he is, but that would be a spoiler.) It's a little sad when a secondary character can outshine a main character.

I have to say though, I was pretty surprised by the ending. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but I really didn't. A surprise ending is usually a plus (as was in this case.) I found the writing to be a bit awkward to begin with, but I settled into it after a while.

Final thoughts: Overall it was unremarkable, but not bad. The story would be good for a MG reader, but the writing may be a bit hard for them to get used to.
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A great read that you can sink into
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

When Gregory gets invited to his Uncle's house he has no idea what is in store for him ansd his friend Brian that he takes along. The discover a gameboard that corrosponds to obstacles outside of Gregory's Uncle's home on Vermont. There are Things and riddles to solve and overcome.

Gregory is a brave and curious, but Brian is weak, quiet, shy, and more thoughtful. Even though both of them are very different from each other, they get along very well. Plus, they had been friends for a very long time already.

Soon after finding the game, the friends are caught up in a struggle between two races whether they like it or not. They find that someone, Jack Stimple, seems to be playing the Game against them. Or is he?

This was an O.K. book. I thought that there was a lot of action that made it intresting. There also were some pretty good ideas that made the book fabulous. Overall, I think that it was a pretty good book.
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Reader reviewed by Aussie

Like the title, this book is truly a hair raising story! This book starts out scary and weird. As you start nothing makes sense but things grudually become clear. Will Gregory and his friend beat the game f sunken places and fin a new civilization? Find out!
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