Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

"In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI—which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging—Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?
Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more.
This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed."
Kingdom Keepers wasn't bad, but I'm not dying to read the next book in the series and I likely won't reread the first. The characters were okay, though, I didn't get too attached to any of them. In my opinion, there could have been more evil and everything, maybe a traitor in the group (Wayne being evil would have been a good twist).
The story was interesting, but honestly could have been executed better. I liked the whole idea of stuff happening in the park after it was closed (reminds me of Night at the Museum, which I liked). The action was good, but a little lacking in spots. When Finn and the others first started going to the park everything was hard for them, but after their second or third trip things got easier. Too easy, actually. The challenge just wasn't there after a certain point.
The book was good, not the best thing I've read, but I have read worse.

I give Kingdom Keepers two fists of rock.

Eclectically yours,

1 comment:

ReaderGirl said...

LUL! Awsome! :)