Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Patrick Patterson and the World of Others by James Fryar


"A match was struck in the distance, bringing light to what was otherwise darkness. "

And so begins the tale of Patrick Patterson. For almost thirteen years, he's lived a quiet, simple life in the tiny town at the edge of Texas, called Farwell, but he is suddenly whisked away by a rag tag group of warriors and others across the United States to discover his true identity and a destiny clouded in mystery.

Never in his wildest dreams did he think that he'd walk through an underground city filled with citizens from across the universe, contend with powerful enemies from the edge of the galaxy, or travel to the Arctic Circle on a high speed train.

Now, he must decide what he truly desires and whether he even wants to take up the mantle of hero...or alien.

I was truly amazed by this book. It is such a perfectly blended mish-mash of so many different things. It all works together to create a quirky, unique and fun book. It's like an intergalactic fantasy/paranormal novel geared towards MG/YA. I feel like I've found a shiny gem that I want to show off :)

Patrick Patterson has gone through twelve years of his life with his head down. He lives in a boring farm town, and a good day for him is avoiding the jerkiest guy at his school. One day his whole world is shaken up, and he is taken on a wonderful and dangerous adventure to find out who he truly is. A premise that you've heard before, but it seems very fresh in this telling. Patrick is a character that you can relate to and root for. The other characters hold their own and add the extra spice to this book.

Ok, I pretty much just loved this one. The characters, the world, plot, imagery. It was all great. You know that happy feeling you get when you're reading a book and you mentally congratulate yourself for finding it and knowing it rocks? Well, this is that book for me. My only complaint is that I don't think the cover gives you a glimpse as to what you're in for. It doesn't quite fit the quirkiness of the book.

It's the first book in what will be a series, and I really see great things ahead for it and for the author. I can't wait to read the next book, 'Patrick Patterson and the Search for Infinity'. Check this one out!

You can check out the author on his website and find out more about his books here.

Publication Date: October 3, 2011
Genre: YA, MG, Fanasy, SciFi
Source: Thanks to the author, James Fryar, for my review copy!

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