Review: The Call (The Magnificent Twelve, #1)

The Call by Michael Grant

This is a YA novel about 2 different sets of people although later books in the series may only focus on the second set. Mack is afraid of everything. He's got a whole host of phobias and weird things are happening to him. Grimluk lives before big numbers (things like 12 are considered big) were invented, and he is running for his life with his family.

This was quite amusing and cute. In some ways it reminds me of the juvenile fiction by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians). The pretend portentiousness was fun.

I love the main character - Mack. His upside down weirdness is a lot of fun to follow, and his inner thoughts are fun to read. Grimluk's story is also amusing to follow since the author puts in a lot of jokes about how unsophisticated his time is.

The book in general though seems to be a tad choppy in the reading, and I'm not as drawn into the story as I want to be.

Disclaimer: I won this from First Reads.

Star Rating: 2.5/5.0

For an explanation of the Star Rating go here.

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