Title: The Width of the World
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Vega Jane is a teenage Wug and until recently was a resident of Wormwood village. Her entire life was shaped by two facts — a) nothing exists outside the grim village of Wormwood, and b) there’s no way to cross the monster-filled Quag. However, these facts are nothing but lies. And once she learns this truth, her life changes for ever. Along with her friend Delph, she breaks out of Wormwood and makes it through the deadly Quag alive only to find a wall. The key to the world on the other side is a ring that once belonged to her grandfather. When the duo reach the village, they are in for more surprises.
For the first time, they find themselves among people who aren’t governed by fear. But Vega Jane starts to suspect that this new world might be even more dangerous than the treacherous place they have left behind. She confronts the Maladons — malign magicians who have ruled everywhere else for eight centuries over a populace brainwashed into mindless contentment. The cheerful citizens have paid a high price for their comfort; they’ve been enslaved and don’t even realize it. To set the innocent people free from the clutches of the evil Maladons, she recruits and trains a small army of magicians to fight back while effecting rescues and eluding multiple ambushes with help from a ring of invisibility and different spells.
The thing about a book series is that you can’t just pick out any book in random and expect to understand everything that is going on. This is what happened with me. Without being initiated into the dystopian world that David Baldacci has erected with meticulous details over the last two books already, I just dived in headfirst and found myself floundering. It took me a while to get to know the back story, but once I did, things became easier.
Baldacci’s writing style is easy to comprehend and makes for a quick read. The book is aimed for a younger audience and comes with illustrations. With a style similar to that of the Harry Potter series, Baldacci has created an entire universe filled with creatures and characters unique to his dystopian world. He surely knows how to spin a tale and make the unbelievable realistic. Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.
About the Author
David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling writer. He writes books for children and adults and they are published in over forty-five different languages and in more than eighty countries and with more than 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. The Finisher was his first book for young adults and film rights have been bought, with the producer of Spiderman attached. The Width of the World is the third book in the Vega Jane sequence, following on from The Finisher and The Keeper. David is the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. David is still a resident of his native Virginia.
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