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Terminal (Book 6 of Tunnels Series) By Roderick Gordon & Brian WIlliams



I love you and I hate you Roderick Gordon (an your co-conspirator Brian Williams)!
Love you because the “Tunnels” series of books have been one of the most phenomenal series I have ever come across. Notice I don’y say YA series, just series – because this is not merely a YA series. It is a fantastic series for adults.
Hate you because you have said this is the last in that series. And that is just not acceptable.
I discovered the “Tunnels” series by accident one day at B&N. I was just wondering through the kids section looking for new YA series and the cover of the first book caught my eye. I picked it up, went and got a venti passion tea lemonade and sat down to see how it was. 3 1/2 hours later I had finished the first book, was completely hooked, and looking for the next one. And the next one. The first three books were out and I devoured them within 48 hours.
Then came the wait. For the 4th book… and the 5th book… and the 6th book (you know, that supposedly final one). I actually ordered the last 2 directly from Britain so I didn’t have to wait 4 months or more for the U.S. release date.
Terminal – the sixth book. Wow. It picks up right where Spiral left off. Literally. In the middle of a free fall struggle between Jiggs and a Styx limiter. Will and Elliott are still trying to save the world. Chester has gone a bit off his rocker (not that you can really blame him) and at least one Rebecca remains.
Amazing stuff. Finding out more about the Styx was fantastic and threw a couple of curve-balls I wasn’t fully expecting. Hints that had been dropped in the previous books now made sense.
I still thoroughly enjoy the world that has been created. A subterranean world beneath our own and another world below that. Layers upon layers that make sense and pull you into a story that is compelling.
And much like another favorite author, George R. R. Martin, Gordon and Williams have no fear of sacrificing characters for the sake of the story. As a reader it sometimes sucks, of course, but it serves the greater purpose of the story. So, even as my heart, which has become sincerely attached is screaming “Nooooo”, I know I will love the story to follow even more because of it.
If you are confused by any of that then you need to go read the books before continuing.
I mean it. They are unbelievably fantastic books.
And after this point “thar be spoilers” (please read in your best pirate voice for full effect).





Last chance before the spoilers…






If you are still reading I am assuming you have read the book (and the whole series for that matter) or you are one of those sick twisted individuals who doesn’t like to be surprised in a book.
Will and Elliott – I’m still a little heartbroken. I want them to finally be happy after everything… I’m actually still hoping… 7th book? Pretty please?
And Chester? I know it is a more realistic ending – but he had been through so much already – to put him back with Martha – brilliant and heart wrenching.
Did not see the earth as spaceship thing coming at all. But it makes sense and totally sent me trolling through the past books looking for clues and hints that I felt sure I had missed or misinterpreted.

I want – nay – need to know more  of this story.

Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow


There is a lot going on in this book. I mean a lot. Two different alien races, a bunch of super humans and a messed up future. And it is never actually explained how we ended up where we find ourselves in this book. We get bits and pieces of the story but are mainly left in the dark.

The title of the book is an apt description of the storytelling method used. And this is unfortunate because there is a good story underneath it all. Boy and unlikely hero fight to save the universe.

Broken is also the name our anti-heroine goes by. She can fly, or at least she used to be able to fly. She is one of the humans with super powers in this tale. But in a slightly predictable and clichéd fashion the reason for her loss of flight is internal rather than external and rather anticlimactic when you get to it. Broken herself is interesting but fights to break out of the box as a character.

Michael is much more interesting. A young boy who is a reluctant hero, but is not heroic about it. The moodiness and angst we expect from a young teen comes across which makes him feel like the most real character in the book.

Many of the characters never breakout of the stereotype to become unique intriguing individuals. Instead we are left with facades that offer no surprises as to action or motivation. This in turn leads to predictability where it shouldn’t be.

The lack of aliens in a book that mentions them several times in the teaser is disappointing as well.

I really wanted more from this book.


I was provided a copy of this book for review.