SpineOut : August 14
MATT Year 10 St Jospeh’s College Geelong Vic Rating: awesome THE OVERSIGHT Charlie Fletcher The Oversight is an urban fantasy book set in London featuring dark enemies and hidden secrets. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I found that I enjoyed the storyline of the book. At times I could not stop, however some parts of the story were disjointed and jumped around without explanation. The book follows the story of the Oversight; an ancient order dedicated to protecting the shadowy border between the natural and the supernatural. Once this society numbered in the hundreds but now there are only five members, the minimal number of protectors required to keep the order and all it protects alive. The story revolves around two main characters; Lucy Harker; a girl with blanks in her memory, and Sara Falk, one of the few remaining members of the Oversight. Both women have the power to see visions of an object’s history when they touch it with their bare hands. As the forces of good and evil collide, the Oversight desperately attempts to protect ‘the Key’, an incredibly powerful magical item that would be devastating in the wrong hands. The characters were very well developed which is something I like in a book so a thumbs up for that. Overall I would recommend it to others as a good read and I rate it as awesome. THE LAST THIRTEEN: BOOK 4 James Phelan The Last Thirteen: Book 4 is a fast paced action novel with twists and turns around every corner. We follow Sam as he continues to search for the last thirteen, where his next adventure lands him in Paris and the Council of Dreams. Solaris is continuing to watch over Sam’s every move, so Sam must fight for his life, whilst heartbreak and treasure is around every new corner. Will Sam and his friends stay alive and in the race to find the last Thirteen? This book was a short, action-packed adventure. It was a fast read and good for people just getting into reading or younger readers. I found it hard to relate to the main character, as he was a bit distant. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a fast, action-packed read. EMILY Age 13 St Michael’s College Gold Coast Qld Rating: pretty good James Phelan was born in Melbourne, Australia. He credits his overactive imagination to reading books by Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, and The Little Prince. As a teenager James discovered a love of geo-political thrillers, of being entertained and informed on topical global events and reading authors like Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre & Ian Fleming. Age 15, James started his first novel. A thriller involving a terrorist attack on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, James eventually abandoned the storyline when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was published. While this story idea died, the lead characters lived on as James went in search of another introductory tale for this series’ characters. After high school James went on to study in Architecture, and then English Literature. While working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book.