Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pastworld by Ian Beck YP FIC BECK

In the year 2050 the entire city of London is a theme park: Pastworld. The town has been demolished and rebuilt to look like the foggy London of the Victorian era, the time of Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. People travel from around the world to visit the past and feel the danger and excitement. Eve is a 17 year old girl that doesn’t know that her London is an illusion until she has to flee the safety of home pursued by Pastworld’s bogeyman, the Fantom. Caleb Brown is just visiting Pastworld with his father until his father is kidnapped and he becomes the Fantom’s target. Before everything is over Caleb and Eve will meet wild new friends, face untold danger, and unlock the mystery of Pastworld and the Fantom.

Pastworld is as dark, mysterious, and thrilling as the London it describes. The novel shifts from the point of view of characters often which keeps the reader interested. This is a great read for older readers that like books about the past, science fiction, or both.

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