Book One : BURNING SKY
By Mel Odom & Jordan Weisman
Release date : April 27, 2010
In this first book in a new trilogy created by new media genius Jordan Weisman, Nathan Richards is your typical teen, one of the smartest at his school and the son of two famous archeologists, but he fails at everything because he refuses to apply himself. Never knowing his mother, who died on an archeological dig in a Mayan tomb while giving birth to him, Nathan is shocked, when on his thirteenth birthday he receives his birthright from the Mayan god Kukulkan. He is granted the ability to travel the frequencies and interact with the dead—including his mother! Now the fate of the human race rests with Nathan, who must play a game for the world’s survival—all culminating with the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. Now it is time for Nathan to use his newfound gifts, fulfill his potential, and save the world! (taken from Amazon)MY THOUGHTS : Ah well, this book didn't work for me... I tried to get into it, really tried, but failed miserably. I found the writing a bit feeble (with many repetitions and what I thought to be narrative problems). I found the plot fuzzy and the main character annoying, which tended to make the story boring for me and not catchy at all. While all the ingredients are here to make an exciting adventure (a mixture of Indiana Jones, ghosts, school life, dreams and teleportation), the book didn't seduce me because I thought the situation was not settled and everything was too disjointed.
The first part focuses on the frequencies in which Nathan can travel (from a rainforest with wicked birds to a beach where sexy young people play voleyball). The chapters all look the same, and it was impossible for me to cling on to Nathan, who is a selfish boy, which gave me the feeling that he deserved everything that happened to him.
The second part focuses on a criminal investigation, making the story more down-to-earth, but with no suspense and no real evolution. I was also not a huge fan of the narrative construction : some parts are told from Nathan's point of view and some are omniscient, and I found the treatment not clear enough, the change of pronouns being more disturbing than natural.
So, as you can see, I didn't like this book. Now, I guess younger readers might find this story more exciting than I did. The whole thing with the game is also quite interesting (the package comes with a book, gameboard, pieces and dice for the readers to play while reading, unfortunately I didn't have that so I have no idea how it works). I would recommend this book to young readers who are interested in mythology and archeology. Once again, it's not because I didn't enjoy this book that you won't either. :)