Thursday, 17 February 2011

Born of the Sun - Book Review

Born of the Sun by Gillian Cross

What is it about:
Paula and her father Karel have talked for years about trying to find the lost Inca city of Atahualpa. When Paula's parents suddenly take her out of school and set off for South America, it seems that all her dreams are about to come true.

But soon she finds herself having to answer painful questions. Her father behaves more and more strangely, and he seems obsessed by the idea that sinister enemies are threatening them. Paula starts to realize that loyalty and love for her father are not enough. She must discover for herself what the truth is and what sort of journey she is making.

What did I think of it:
This is an oldie, but it's one of those books I can read again and again. It's got action, adventure, suspense and drama. Paula sees her father a a hero and this view makes the change in his behaviour extra creepy. The jungle they travel through adds to the creepiness, isolating the expedition party even more. The book is well written and the characters are very interesting. I think I've read this book at least 6 times now, but I keep getting drawn into the story every time.

Why should you read it:
It's a compelling Teen/YA adventure

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