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Monday, January 07, 2008

The Missing Link Trilogy: Fourth World by Kate Thompson

13 year old Christie knows his step-brother Danny is different. He's slower, mentally and physically, then other kids his age. Physically, he's different too- his torso is huge and barrel like, his legs are too skinny and his flat feet always "seem to be in the way." But, despite initially feeling angry about his mother remarrying, Christie comes to care about his brother. So, when Danny comes to him one morning telling Christie that it's time to go find his mother, Christie doesn't see any choice but to follow along. Seems Danny's mother has encourage him to come, given him money and a guide. Only their guide is a starling, and no ordinary bird at that. The starling can talk.

Set against the backdrop of a gas shortage in Ireland and across the UK, the two boys, along with some other interesting characters they meet along the way must make their way to Danny's mother's secret laboratory in Scotland. It's there that Christie will learn the truth about his step-brother and his mother's experiments.

Truthfully, I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was easy to read, with its short chapters, and had a really interesting plot (which was not at all what I was expecting). It's definitely a great read and I look forward to the next two books.

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