Title : The Keepers- The Box and the Dragonfly
Author : Ted Sanders
Pages : 544
Published : March 3rd 2015
Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books
Source : Edelweiss
Purchase : Book Depository/ Amazon/ iTunes
Artifacts. Miseries. Mysteries . . .
From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus--a sign with his own name on it--everything changes. The sighting leads him underground to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse brimming with peculiar devices. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it?
As he works to master his newfound abilities, Horace quickly discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister thin man lurking around every corner to his encounters with Chloe--a girl who has an astonishing talent of her own--Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two mysterious factions.
Horace's journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. Most important, it links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.
With an action-packed blend of fantasy and science fiction, Ted Sanders creates a world where everything is more than it seems and where friendship and loyalty have the greatest power of all.
My Thoughts :
This sounded so awesome when I first heard of it and I dived right in when I got a copy. It was an action packed and unique adventure and one I know any child (or adult) will enjoy.
Right from the get go we are introduced to the action. The adventure begins when Horace sees a place that seems to have his name on it. He is on the bus though and decides that he needs to check it out the next day. So he gets off the bus early and goes in search of the shop. What he finds though is a strange place, with even stranger stuff in it. He finds the House Of Answers and from that moment on his world is nothing like he thought it was!
Horace is a smart kid. When he is introduced to the House of Answers and given the gift of the box, he sets about exploring it logically, because magic isn't real right! He needs to find out what the box does himself, because those are the rules, so he does it methodically. Once he finds the truth though, he has to accept the knowledge of what his world really is. He questions everything still and I really liked that about him. He is smart, brave and loyal.
Chloe knows what her Dragonfly does, because she has had it since she was 5 but she doesn't know what it really is and she has no idea what is really happening. I felt for Chloe and admired her. Her dad has changed lately and isn't a nice person so it falls to Chloe to look after her sister. She was strong as well and very brave.
What I liked best about the book was the world building. I loved finding out about the devices and what they could do, I loved that the device chose the person and the person had to figure out how they work. It was fascinating! The author put so much into his world and story that it shows. It's well written and thought out and I look forward to reading more.
Overall, The Box and the Dragonfly was an action packed and adventurous read. It's quite a long book but you don't feel it while reading. I was drawn into the book from the very first page and was carried along with the characters. What's not to like about a book that has magic, mayhem and mystery!! Cant wait to see what happens next.