Title of book: Everville: The First Pillar
Author: Roy Huff
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Readability: I found it a fairly easy read hampered only by slight editing errors.
Hook: After a nice introduction of duality we are left to wonder and want to know more.
Editing: There were minor editing issues interspersed throughout the chapter. Nothing was major or took away from the meaning but it was enough to be noticeable.
Characters: We are introduced to two main characters. The first is the main character. To this point, and I went back through real quick to be sure, he has no name. He is referred to as either “I” or “you” in the first chapter. I myself will often hide a person’s name from the reader until such time that it has been revealed by someone saying their name. So this did not detract. “I” is confused through the entire chapter and does not have much character development.
The second person we are introduced to is simply The Keeper. He appears to be some kind of wizard or technologist. There is a little bit of development with him in you get his level of intelligence and no nonsense attitude. He got right down to business.
Understandable: In a very short time the book travelled between two different worlds and at points appeared to have some intermesh between them. Through this through it was written well enough that I was able to understand and follow what was going on.
Visuals: Visuals were very good in this chapter and helped you to keep track of where you were.
Relatable: I related with the situation of the main character in school and found myself wanting to know more about him after the chapter was done. The level of reliability may have been enhanced by the fact that the main character does not have a name yet. It is easy to slip into the character’s shoes because there has not been that demarcation that he is in fact not the reader.
Fun: It was a fun read of discovery and confusion.
Overall: From step one through to the end of the chapter there is something happening to the character and it flows through and comes out well leaving me wanting more. I found myself wearing the shoes of the main character and experiencing his tribulations. Except for some minor editing issues, it was a good read and I plan to read the rest of the book based on my experience.
Synopsis: A kid is sick and goes to the nurse’s office. As he arrives he passes out but instead of the darkness of unconsciousness he finds himself transported into an entirely different world. Before he can get his bearings he is whisked back to his original reality without a clue as to if what he just experienced was real or not.
Favorite line: We are somewhere between here and there, sometime between yesterday and another day.