The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay

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The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay
2009
249 Pages
4.5/5

The Purloined Boy is the first book in a new middle grade/YA series called The Weirdling Cycle and what an exciting series it looks to be! This book took me completely by surprise. Not that I wasn’t expecting to like it…it has an awesome cover, it’s YA fantasy, and it’s written by a “dead” guy. What I didn’t know was that it is a dystopian novel (which I love) that goes much deeper than I had originally though! I love going into books not knowing that much about them and then being surprised in a good way.

Trevor is a young boy who lives in a town called Superbia. There are words that he is not allowed to say…words that are worse than curse words…words like “home” and “parents”. Children who say these words often disappear in the middle of the night and are never seen again. They are taught in classes that these words are foolish, that those things don’t exist. But Trevor’s dreams tell him something different. He has been dreaming of a place called home and a woman called mother, and when he voices those dreams, he finds himself in a world of trouble. There are people in Superbia called Bogeymen, but here, children are raised to believe that Bogeymen are their friends.

Trevor is taken away by the bogeymen after saying that he “wants to go home” and put through behavior modification. He’s then sent to be evaluated and soon learns that his life is in danger. But there are those among him in Superbia that are secretly on his side. Among them are his friend, Maggie, and a slave who is much more than meets the eye, Epictetus. They are part of a group of people who are fighting to help children get home again and get the answers that they ask for. But this plan is not so easy. There are those in Superbia who are pure evil and have their own plans of bringing down those who seek to get in their way.

This book is nothing if not engaging! I loved Trevor and Maggie right away. Mortimus Clay’s writing style is absolutely charming and sinister all in the same breath and I just loved the way it felt as though he were actually reading the story to me…telling me the tale. The action is swift in the book, but the characterization is not ignored because of it. I find that a problem with a lot of books. You either get a lot of action OR really good characters…but not always both. Here, you get both.

I can’t wait to see what Clay does with the rest of this series. I warn you know, it’s one hell of a cliffhanger ending…and it’s not at all a happy ending to the first book in the series which I actually liked :p I get sick of happy endings. This one was quite sad and upsetting, but I thought it was appropriate and realistic. Only complaint – waiting until 2010 for the next book 😦

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15 Responses

  1. So I won’t be reading this one, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ I like it when books have realistic endings as well, although happy ones are awesome too. πŸ˜€ My faves might be open-ended ones; where instead of everything being tied up neatly, I can imagine what happens next. I hate gratuitously sad/bad endings!

  2. Wow, this one sounds pretty awesome! And the cover art is stunning.

  3. It does sound good. I am really getting into books set in a dystopian world. I absolutely love the cover.

  4. It’s a fun book this one isn’t it! Mortimus is stopping off at my place next week!

  5. Damn this book ban! This one really does sound great, Chris…I have a feeling I’d like it a lot.

    Oooooh, Gray has a birthday coming. Nothing wrong with a mom borrowing a book from her kiddo, right?

    Crap. I’m really going against the spirit of this book ban here, aren’t I?

    But I do need to buy him stuff for his birthday…

  6. Sounds like a good one for the RIP IV. The fact that it has a cliffhanger, though, helps to keep me from buying it. So, thank you for that. πŸ™‚

  7. This one is coming to the top of my TBR stack very soon – glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  8. It sounds like something I might like πŸ™‚ It is hard for me to resist dystopias πŸ™‚

  9. Eva, Yeah, it may be a little too depressing..or not really depressing, but upsetting(?), for your taste. Great book though!! The Knife of Never Letting Go is a sad one too, but I really hope you read it with us! It’s so freaking good!!

    Andi, It really is great! And isn’t that art just fantastic? It’s what sold me originally :p

    Vivienne, I go through dystopian phases…I get sick of them pretty quick after a little while. They’re like the most depressing of all books for me :/ But I hadn’t read one in a while so this one really worked!

    Bart, It really is a great one! Oh, are you having a guest post? Can’t wait to read it!

    Debi, :p That’s CHEATING!!!! No Debi, don’t do it!! Plus I think this one may scare Gray a bit anyway :p You can always check the library though πŸ˜‰

    Bookfool, It does have quite the cliffhanger ending. Reminded me a little bit of Lord of the Rings in a way in that the next book will just pick up in the quest where this one left off. I just hate waiting!!

    Carrie, Glad to hear you’ll be reading it soon!! It’s a good one!

    Becky, This one has your name written all over it πŸ™‚ It’s a fun book!

  10. Debi: it’s still safe to put it on amazon wish list for a later time.. I have found if I put books there and don’t order and then at times go back and look at the list and reread the amazon reviews.. that after a while, there are books I delete from the wish list!.. just because I get caught up in the excitement of how a new book sounds and later it doesn’t quite sound like “i can’t live without it”..

    having said that.. yes chris this sounds like a good read, but I am trying not to get into new stuff at the moment..

  11. Oh sure…just be the voice of reason here. 😦

    Ha. You know I’m kidding…that’s exactly what I needed to hear actually! Damn, but I’m going to be counting on you all to keep me in line!

    And Pat, that actually sounds like VERY good advice!

  12. This one has an interesting premise. What a long time to wait for the sequel, though! I think I’ll wait till you review that one, then read them both. πŸ™‚

  13. I’ve read lots of reviews about this book, but after reading yours, I’ve finally decided to put this one under my wishlist.

  14. Chris, one thing I love about your reviews is that your enthusiasm shows through when you really like a book. It makes your reviews FUN to read!

    I’m glad you liked the book! I liked it too, but sometimes I wonder if I have bad taste. πŸ˜› Glad to know others like the same books I do!

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