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Last Message by Shane Peacock - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger


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Last Message by Shane Peacock

When I first picked up this book I must admit I was quite curious at the whole idea of it: a series of seven books that could be read in any order. My local library was carrying a number of them, so I simply chose the one that I thought would interest me the most.

A quick summary of this book would be: an old man has recently died and left a series of tasks for his grandson Alex to complete in France. I found the concept of this very interesting; an exciting family legacy leading to a number of great adventures. While it has its flaws, the story overall was a decent read.

The plot itself is rather interesting and surprising because at first it seemed like a typical action novel. Instead there is a real human story about a boy struggling with his inner emotions and trying to live up to his grandfather’s impressive life.

I would say that one of the points of the book I enjoyed the most was the almost satirical commentary on the differences between French and American culture. There is plenty of confusion and learning for the protagonist as he explores an unfamiliar environment. It does a great deal to express how different things can be and how social tension can undermine a common cause.

The main downside of this book is the plot curve, or more precisely, the lack of one. It seems as though the character is simply drifting through his tasks with the solutions sometimes thrown upon him without much work. There is a climax towards the end, but it fizzles out a little disappointingly.

Despite the lack of direct excitement, the book was quite suspenseful in its writing. There always seemed to be some great mystery looming on the horizon, and I feel the reveal at the end suited this feeling very well.

If you would enjoy a good suspenseful novel which looks deeply into human emotion, then this book should definitely be something to consider.

Saul,

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