Morpheus Road: The Light   1 comment

Do you ever read books simply because someone else you know read it and liked it?  That would be reading a book not because you wanted to read it, but because you wanted to understand how someone else thinks.  If you read a book that another person likes, that gives you insight into that person’s mental processes.  At least, I think it does.

Last night I finished reading Morpheus Road: Light.  It is the first book in a new fantasy series aimed at teens by D. J. McHale, who finished his best-selling Pendragon series last year.  This looks like a new series.  I only hope it doesn’t go on for 10 books like Pendragon did.  (In fact, Pendragon really isn’t finished.  The publisher is busy turning all the books into graphic novels–that could take another five years.)

While I was looking for a graphic of the book’s dust jacket , I found this insightful review of the book here: http://rowijo.void-star.net/index.php/2010/04/12/ .   I intend to give a brief review of the title also, but let’s first look at the cover.

Gravedigger wants you to walk Morpheus Road with him.

 

Marshall Seaver is a geeky 15-year old kid who’s a little behind when it comes to growing up and turning into your typical nasty teenager.  I’d probably like him a lot.  In a fit of temper he breaks a mysterious globe full of phantom blood that his mother, a world-traveling archaeologist left to protect him.  From that moment on he is haunted by a phantom from his own imagination–a ghoulish monster named Gravedigger.  Gravedigger doesn’t want much–just for Marshall to die and walk the Morpheus Road with him. 

Marshall is not all that keen on dying.  Somehow or other he escapes every phantasmal trap that Gravedigger sets for him.  Others aren’t so lucky, including Marshall’s best friend, Cooper Foley.  Marshall seeks help, and finds it in the form of Sydney Foley, Cooper’s bitchy older sister.  Reluctant companions at first, they turn into a teenage version of  Mulder and Scully, coping with some very imaginative deathtraps along the way.

Marshall spends too much time wondering if he’s going crazy.  For a sci-fi geek, he spends way too much time resisting the fantastic when it happens to him.  But as the attempts to kill him continue, and people start dying around him, he grows up, and turns into James Bond, Jr.  I guess I have to buy it, or there’s no story, and the action sequences are terrific–would make a fine scary movie, but it’s a book I didn’t really like very much.  I doubt if I’ll read the sequel, but I bet plenty of young teens will.  And that will be good for Mr. McHale.

Morpheus Road: The Light is a book that won’t bear much critical thinking.  MacHale is a fine writer–his prose can carry you along.  The plot isn’t very deep–there are really only three characters in the book (Marshall, Sydney, and Cooper).  I asked my son, who was eager to buy the book, who he liked in the novel–turns out to be Sydney.  Actually, she is the most mature, the bravest, and the smartest in the bunch. But she’s not the heroine–she’s just a sidekick.  Marsh Seaver is Destiny’s Child.  If you like teen horror, then read this book.  In the end you know that the real story hasn’t even started yet–you just read 341 pages of preface. 

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Posted October 28, 2010 by atroll in Uncategorized

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  1. A much more useful place for this review is:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416965165

    Why not post it there, Khenn?

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