Wednesday, October 31, 2012

YA Review: Magisterium

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.(goodreads)

My thoughts... A thin border is all that divides the two worlds~one imaginable, one not. Cross that line and question everything you thought you knew.

Magisterium took place in a time recovering from devastation. Technology has returned life to normal for some, leaving only memories and stories told. Beyond the border lies a land of ghosts and desolation, a place not to be traveled to. Fore the heroine Glenn and her friend Kevin, the unthinkable happens when they are forced to the mysterious land.

The characters in Magisterium were interesting. Kevin seemed strong and determined while Glen seemed to be searching for something out of her reach. I adored Aamon Marta, he was like a supernatural body guard.

There was a lot going on in this story. Magic, love betrayal, honor, religion, and futuristic themes like space travel were all prevalent. Although I was unable to predict which direction the story would travel at times, it was easy enough to follow along. There seemed to be several sides to the conflict and one I figured out who-was-who, it was easier to enjoy the story.

I am curious about future books. There were a lot of side stories that leave plenty of room for more character, world and story building. This was not on my top list of books read this year, but it was an interesting story idea.

For more information, visit Jeff Hirsch at his website or find him on goodreads.



Becca Lostinbooks said...

This sounds interesting. I am curious how the Project has to do with the mysterious Glenn, at least I am assuming it does. Nice review!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

Glad you enjoyed even if it wasn't a favorite.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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