Thursday, January 21, 2010
By Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams.
Last night we finished this book after it being the bed-time story book for the boys. I had chosen it as it had been touted as the next great thing after Harry Potter. Yes, this was before Stephanie Meyer.
Tunnels is a story about a boy named Will who, with the inspiration of his Dad, is mad about excavating and tunneling. They look for old disused underground railways, sewers, anything interesting underground. When Will's dad makes a few interesting discoveries, and then disappears Will becomes determined to find him. With the help of a friend he follows his Dad's trail until they stumble upon something truly astonishing, a whole new world.
I'm not sure what to make of this book. It was a great premise and interesting, and the boys seemed to enjoy it, but I found it really quite grim. It was a joyless book, there was certainly nothing that made us laugh. So although it is an adventure book for boys, I wouldn't actually recommend it.