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The Width of the World by David Baldacci {Just Hatched}

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Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

This third book in the series has a dystopian feel, combining magical world-crossing fantasy with a hint of steampunk.  Fans of Vega Jane will welcome this next stage in her quest for answers, but it is definitely not a good start for those of us who have not followed the series up to this point.

Note: I received an advanced copy of THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Width of the World by David Baldacci {Just Hatched}

The Width of the World by David Baldacci (Vega Jane #3)on February 28, 2017
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 421 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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This is it. Vega Jane's time. She's been lied to her whole life, so she breaks away from Wormwood, the only home she's ever known, in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way across the Quag with her best friend, Delph, and her mysterious canine, Harry Two. Against all odds, they survive unimaginable dangers and make it through.

And into a new world that's even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the cobblestones, but because the people are enslaved but don't even know it. It's up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against a foe that's unrivaled in savagery and cunning. Not only is Vega's life and the lives of her friends on the line, but whether she triumphs or fails will determine whether a whole world survives.

3 Stars

How is the writing style?

I am actually enjoying the writing style of this series.  It is easy to read, conveying the setting clearly and giving the reader Vega Jane’s point of view and response to what she sees and hears.  She’s a bit of a fish out of water, since she and her friends have been fleeing through alternate worlds and ended up in a new setting, and so the descriptions are detailed and rich.

Unfortunately, I am on page 100 and am starting, honestly, to  get bored.  After landing in the new world and having a brief clash with the bad guys, the protagonists are now temporarily safe and starting to work out the puzzles of the past …. which leaves me in the dark, since I haven’t read the prior two books.

General tone of the beginning

After a quick altercation and escape, the gang is now safely tucked into a hidden manor house where they can start to puzzle through the past and work out their relationship issues.  And there is plenty of tension there that may erupt into friends fighting over a boy.  (Ugh!)

Setting, genre, etc?

I’d place this a young adult fantasy.  There’s magic, a la Harry Potter, alongside technology.  The bad guys have enslaved a sizable portion of the population and are hunting our protagonists to finish murdering off bloodlines that have mounted a resistance.   Help comes to our young heroes a little too easily (like just happening to take shelter in the hero’s ancestral home …. ), making it definitely a tale for a younger audience.

Verdict

  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

Despite its shortcomings, I might take the time to check out the first book of the series and give this a go.  There’s a number of interesting puzzles, as well as world-jumping, that are intriguing.

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
-Barbara

The Width of the World by David Baldacci

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