Monday, 9 May 2011
Between Two Ends by David Ward
This is the premise of Between Two Ends. Yeats, the teenage protagonist, must find out how to get into Arabian Nights to rescue Shari, who has been trapped inside the book for decades and now thinks she is Scheherazade, the legendary queen who tells a story every night to stop her head being chopped off.
There are lots of similarities with the Inkheart trilogy, but Between Two Ends is lighter, doesn't take itself too seriously and is a simply a fun adventure. I love the Arabian Nights (you can see my review here) and the idea of going into a world of genies, sand, enchantment and grand viziers is a great one if you love escapism.
There were some lovely touches too. Yeats gets to the world of Arabian Nights in a boat swimming on a sea of words. He spends time pondering if you can get killed in a story if you aren't a main character. If you forget who you really are, you can get trapped in a story forever. Time passes at different rates in story world and the real world.
However, other parts just didn't tie together. The whole thing between Shari and Yeats' father and how that had an impact on Yeats' parents marriage was never explained to my liking and didn't seem like a plausible explanation for Yeats risking his life. The book was a bit short and I could definitely have read some more action in Arabian Nights, and would have liked Yeats to explore a bit further, rather than just rush in and out. The way they break the enchantment on Shari seems a bit too convenient. Yeats is apparently the luckiest boy ever
Verdict: Great piece of escapism, like reading Indiana Jones.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Abrams Books
Which book would you escape in to?