Toonopolis: Gemini (Toonopolis Files, #1) by Jeremy Rodden (illustrations by Cami Woodruff)
What is it about:
Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.
Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father's scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.
After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini's mission is changed, an he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction. Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.
What did I think of it:
An original and fun story.
Rodden has a pleasant, descriptive writing style and he paints a colourful, quirky world with many very recognisable elements for those who read comics and manga and for those who play roleplaying games. I really liked Gemini, but I liked his travel companions even more I will confess, especially Jimbob, the talking eggplant who's perfectly cast as Gemini's guide as well as comic relief. The story is funny, suspenseful and full of action, leading to a conclusion that leaves you hungry for more. All in all this is a very enjoyable and exciting adventure, set in a fantastical world and I can advice it to anyone who's looking for a fun read.
Why should you read it:
It's a very original YA read.