I received a review copy of Eoin Colfer’s new book, WARP: The Reluctant Assassin, but all opinions about the book expressed within this post are my own.
In less than 2 weeks, all 5 of my kids will be on summer vacation. While my oldest daughter will be busy with a summer job, the rest of the gang will be stuck in the house with me…or wherever I end up taking them for the day. While the pool is nice on a hot summer day, and movies and Wii games are fun for a while, I certainly don’t want the kids in front of the tv all day. And I can’t spend all of my work hours beside the pool.
The thing that’s worked best for me has been to leave a stack of mom-approved books for the kids. Since I know the kinds of books that capture my kids’ attention the best, I can cater my suggestions and almost guarantee that the books will catch their interests.
Eoin Colfer’s newest book, W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin, is just the kind of Young Adult novel that will keep my 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter glued to its pages.
I know because I’ve been glued to the story for the last few days.
As much as I love to read, I have a hard time sticking with a book because I have so little time. So when I get engrossed in a novel, I know that my kids (who get even more distracted than I do sometimes) will love it, too.
Here’s a little about W.A.R.P….
Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.
In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist’s knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie’s possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.
Who should read W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin? I definitely think that the recommended ages of 12 and up are most appropriate for this book, especially teens and tweens who love Sci-fi. While the writing style is not too difficult for an advanced younger reader, I might worry about some of the content for younger kids. Don’t worry – there is no inappropriate language or sex in the book – but there is quite a bit of killing by the fairly scary bad guy, Garrick.
I’m excited for the series to continue (yes, this is the first in Colfer’s new W.A.R.P. series!). And judging by the success of Eoin Colfer’s last series for young adult readers (Artemis Fowl) this one is going to be very popular!
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