Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Last Descendants (Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants #1) by @writerMattKirby @Scholastic #BookReview

Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn't commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus—a device that lets users explore the genetic memories buried within their own DNA. The experience brings Owen more than he bargained for. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of an ancient and powerful relic long considered legend—the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact—the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It soon becomes clear to Owen that the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.

Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers go into a memory they all share within their DNA: the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the gritty streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature; The Clockwork Three, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start; The Lost KingdomThe Quantum League: Spell Robbers; and Cave of Wonders, the fifth book in the Infinity Ring series. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel.

I was very skeptical about Last Descendants at first but I was presently surprised at what Kirby delivered in this book. I think that the scenes in this books were very vivid and really allowed the reader to step inside the pages see what was taking place. I think that the character development in this book was okay. The two main characters that we are following do not grow and develop much at all but the development of the side characters was nice. The main reason why I only gave this one 3 stars was because, structurally, was a little messy. I feel that some of the things in this book were a little unnecessary and there were some things left unanswered. I am also an Assassin's Creed newbie so this may have had something to do with this. But overall, with not knowing anything about this game, I thought it was an okay read. 

 Go Into This One Knowing 
This story is told in 6 different POV's and if you don't know anything about the Assassin's Creed game you may be confused in places as I was. 

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