Chris wants to play with his friend Alex, but Alex’s family has moved away and playing together by computer just isn’t the same. Or is it?
Two schoolboys, computers and dragons star in this tale: What more could a young reader want? The writing’s fluid and easy to read, with just the right level of complexity to keep the brain engaged. The storyline’s intriguing and fun. And the characters are very true to life—bored son, weary parents, eager friend, neglected sibling of an “older, smarter, more wonderful, super handsome big brother,” and a most surprising ally.
The curious world of Distania has a nice mix of appealing mystery, places to explore, dragons (of course), and sudden splashes of danger. It’s an almost perfect computer game in fact, except it seems much more than that, and it’s clear Alex and Chris will be eager to go back after their adventure’s done.
A short pleasing story introducing nice lessons in friendship, sensible use of computers, a touch of magic and the promise of a really good series of boy-friendly stories—this one’s highly recommended.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to grab a copy while it was free.
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