The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiography smuggled in using Sanderson’s name to get it past the Evil Librarians. At this point in Alcatraz’s life, he’s starting to get used to his Talent for breaking things and dealing with the fact that everything he knew growing up was a lie perpetrated by a librarian conspiracy. If you enjoyed the humor and lack of fourth wall in book one, you are in for another great read!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Scrivener’s Bones from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published by Starscape on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.
Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!
They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them.
- My favorite thing about this series is Alcatraz’s humor and complete disregard for the fourth wall. I suppose it makes sense that he addresses his readers since that’s why he writing this autobiography anyway! You can definitely tell that he has no regard for how you are ‘supposed’ to tell a story, since he breaks pretty much every rule there is and you better not complain ;-).
- We get to meet some new Smedry family members in Scrivener’s Bones since apparently everyone else was busy, ha. It’s fun finally meeting siblings that were mentioned in the previous book and of course getting to find out about more Talents!
- One of the new characters introduced is a small person and Alcatraz messes up that first impression quite a bit, but it leads to a great discussion of how small people don’t want to be ‘cured’ and don’t think of themselves as lacking. There is also a list of all the ways that being a small person is better than being tall :).
- There is a lot of development on how the Talents work and how everything fits together in this story. We find out more about the world and the various librarian factions, but also the categories that Talents can fall into and the big picture of what Alcatraz’s Talent means.
- I feel like there might be even more illustrations in this book than the previous, but who’s counting?? I definitely think that I like these illustrations even more though, since there was a glass dragon depicted >.>.
- While I’m entertained by Alcatraz’s disregard for literary techniques, there were a couple of times that I wanted to just skip forward over his rambling since it got a bit long-winded.
- We meet Alcatraz’s cousin and for being the new female character in this story, she was a bit frustratingly dumb at times. I just get sick of the stereotypical ditzy and super cheerful girl that doesn’t have any other notable personality traits, ya know?
I read The Scrivener’s Bones is one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is something so fun and refreshing about a story that throws out the rule book and includes illustrations of bunnies with bazookas to make up for it ;-). If you like silly and snarky middle grade, definitely check out this series!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson (aka Alcatraz Smedry)
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