Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz is the second Book of Ore and continues the adventures of two kids in a world of living metal that has been used to make all the technology of their world. This story gets pretty dark and scary for a middle grade, but the world and magic are so freaking cool that I definitely recommend it as long as the reader can handle darker elements. If you’d rather check out my review for book one, here it is.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Waybound from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Waybound by Benny Zelkowicz, Cam Baity (The Books of Ore #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 12th, 2016
Genres: MG, Steampunk
Page Length: 352 pages
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Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner are a long way from home and entrenched in a struggle with no end in sight. The Foundry, an all-powerful company that profits off the living metal creatures of Mehk, is unleashing a wave of devastating attacks to crush the rebel army of mehkans known as the Covenant and capture Phoebe and Micah, dead or alive.
But the Covenant believes that their ancient god, Makina, has chosen Phoebe for a sacred task: to seek the Occulyth, a mysterious object they hope can turn the tide against the Foundry. With her father gone, Phoebe's once unshakable determination is broken, and while Micah tries to uphold the vow he made to protect her no matter the cost, their enemies are closing in and time is running out.
- Now that Phoebe and Micah have figured out the basics of this new world they discovered, we get to see all the out of the way places that they explore. I loved getting a fuller picture of this place since I think this is the most unique fantasy/sci-fi hybrid world I’ve ever read about and it’s just so cool!
- Waybound shifts perspectives more than book one did (as far I remember) and that means that we get to see how events appear to a number of different characters. I liked that even though there is a clear villain, we also get the perspective of some of the robots that aren’t really on either side in this war that is happening in their world.
- Dollop is of course the best secondary character ever! Imagine Dobby the house elf as a robot and you pretty much have Dollop right there. He gets his own side story in Waybound and wow does he have a lot of history that we didn’t know about before! He’s also adorable and I love him forever <3.
- It’s always fun when a middle grade is still able to surprise me with plot twists since I’m pretty sure that will completely blow the minds of middle grade readers. The action in Waybound will keep young readers hooked since more and more surprises keep showing up.
- I was pretty surprised at how dark and scary Waybound gets for a middle grade story. The monster is pretty gruesome and we get the first person perspective of someone being basically tortured. Make sure your young readers can handle that before diving in to this series!
- This was my main complaint with book one and it is still an annoyance: Phoebe and Micah are freaking brats. If they were kids I knew in real life I would barely be able to keep from permanently grounding them. They are snotty to each other and just don’t always seem like good kids ya know?
Waybound is a strong sequel that expands on the awesome world introduced in Foundry. I still can’t get over how cool this world of living metal is and will read every book in this series just to further explore the world. While I worry that the story gets a bit scary for young readers, I’m sure it will entrance the right mature middle grade reader. Also, now I want to build robots.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz
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