Sunday, 13 March 2011

TEEN: The Gates - John Connolly

Release Date: 01/10/09


A strange novel for strange young people. Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Hallowe'en. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap in which there is a pair of enormous gates. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out ...Can Samuel persuade anyone to take this seriously? Can he harness the power of science to save the world as we know it?


Having read and enjoyed a number of John’s adult titles, I was interested to see how his writing style would translate to the younger market. Would his solid prose and sense of pace match what the young reader would want and would the characters translate as well to the younger audience?

In short, yes, John has a masters touch in known what his audience want, he delivers great characters, wonderful twists and above all else a story that you can latch onto that will drag you by the coattails to the titles conclusion. Add to this some great dialogue as well as some humour and it’s a title that adults will get as much fun from as the younger reader. All in, this was a real joy to read and the time taken out for the reading pleasure really flew by.

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