Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publish Date: April 1, 2010
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. She is unpopular at school. At home, where she and her loving but neglectful mother live in poverty, she has had to learn to take care of herself. Melanie is just barely coping. Everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a nightmare creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie has embarked on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake...
Review: Half World is an enjoyable and quick read, which I felt was like a dark faery tale, if I had to classify it. This is a unique tale from my perspective as I'm not versed in Asian lore. Melanie's trying to rescue her mother from Mr. Glueskin and along the way, is beginning to realize her potential and place in the world. I thought it was very empowering to the every day teenager, who doesn't fit in with what is considered "acceptable". I'm not sure I would consider her a 'hero', even though she is on the hero's journey. Does Melanie have what it takes to rescue her mother and save the Three Realms? Pick up this wonderful book and find out!!
Half World Series: Half World (1), Darkest Light (2)