Author: S. S. Taylor
Illustrations: Katherine Roy
Length: 391 Pages
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Kit West and his siblings are settling into their new lives at the Academy of Explorer Sciences after their father, Alexander West disappears. And then Kit finds happens to find yet another old map his father left them. But why is the government always trying to get those maps? Kit is an expert map reader but can’t seem to locate a place on one of maps. But then him and his siblings, M. K. and Zander, get their chance to go to the strange place on one of their father’s maps. Their chance is an expedition, but they can only go if it gets chosen to be one of the top 10 best expeditions. Now they have to face more dangers than they have ever seen. As well as deal with an unexpected development that stops their plan and adds one more challenge they have to face to get what their father wanted them to discover. Kit, Zander, and M. K. have to face their archenemy, and try not to die, all while the world is on the very edge of war. I loved this book so much! It had it all, suspense, surprises, and humor! I would recommend this book to middle school students and possibly fifth graders. It was kind of an alternate universe type of setting, or maybe a dystopian type future. It had the U. S. and stuff, but with some new things. I think that it was a good adventure and really well written. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! But one thing I didn’t like about this book was I couldn’t tell whether Kit was a boy or a girl. I know of some Kit’s that are girls, and I assumed that Kit was a girl. Then they started saying stuff like Christopher West, to the main character, and I figured he had to be a boy. It was just confusing for a while because I didn’t know he was a boy. Let’s be clear, Kit, the main character, is a boy. So don’t be confused, I am positive he is a boy. But other than that, you should definitely consider reading this book in your free time. It is a great first book in the series.