The Journal of Curious Letters (Book One of The 13th Reality Series)

by James Dashner | Science Fiction & Fantasy | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781590388310 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CheriePie of Campbell, California USA on 2/5/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Advance Readers Edition (ARC) received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers Group.

Book Description

What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created—the life that would've been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities?

Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials "M.G.," the letter informs Tick that dangerous—perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live?

The first volume of an outstanding new children's fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes—danger... As M.G. warns Tick, Very frightening things are coming your way.

Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be?

Journal Entry 2 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, April 14, 2008
Atticus "Tick" Higginbottom thought himself to be just your average thirteen-year-old boy... until the day he received a mysterious letter from someone who signed himself simply "M.G.". Little did Tick know that from that point on, his life would be forever changed. For all of a sudden, Tick is exposed to things that he never knew existed, things that were previously hidden from him. He's visited by people from "alternate realities" who refuse to tell him too much, only that he must solve the 12 clues that he will be receiving to proceed to the next step, and that if at any time he wishes the "madness" to stop, he need simply burn the very first letter he received from M.G.

But Tick is determined to see things through to the end and solve all the clues he receives, despite the difficulties constantly being thrown in his path. Because in all honesty, this is one of the most exciting things that's happened to him in a very long time!

Many of the scenarios Tick encounters throughout the story actually present important lessons to the reader, which is great for a young adult book. And even better when you're an adult and don't even realize it's being done. ;-) But one of the strongest lessons which overlaid much of the story's premise is how the actions you take in the here and now have far reaching consequences that affect the rest of the world around you, often without your even consciously realizing it. It's the pebble in the water theory, where the waves or ripples caused by a single event (the pebble thrown in the water) reach out to affect all of the surrounding area as well. Or as it's applied in this story: every choice a person makes can lead to drastic changes in other Realities.

The whole pebble in the water theory is a concept wholly embraced by Pagans, something we build our lives around, so I really liked the subtle emphasis on it throughout the story. It just made me feel very connected to the story in a way... if that makes sense. ;)

To sum up, this was a very interesting take on the theory of parallel universes. From that standpoint, it may even be partially science fiction and not simply fantasy as it was originally labeled. But whatever the exact genre—probably a mixture of both—I found this to be a satisfying read and a great start to The 13th Reality series. More detail on Tick and this fascinating new series can be found at The 13th Reality website.

This is now reserved for Redhot-brat, who won it in the March Fantasy Swap.

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie at Delavan, Minnesota USA on Saturday, September 13, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (9/13/2008 UTC) at Delavan, Minnesota USA



Redhot-brat won this in the March Fantasy Swap at BookObsessed. Mailed on 9/13/08 via Media Mail.

Journal Entry 4 by redhot-brat from Delavan, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This has arrived safely with me here in Minnesota. It is currently residing on my TBR shelf, but my son is eyeballing it. :D Chances are he will read it before I do. Thanks for sharing it with both of us.

Journal Entry 5 by redhot-brat from Delavan, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
My son LOVED this book. He can't say enough good things about it and is already begging for #2, that's not even available for pre-order yet. :) LOL!
Thanks a bunch for sending it this way Cherie. I will be keeping my eye out for the 2nd in the series for sure.
This is now ready for it's next reader.

Journal Entry 6 by redhot-brat at Rest Area - I65 - Southbound in Columbus, Indiana USA on Monday, May 18, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (5/16/2009 UTC) at Rest Area - I65 - Southbound in Columbus, Indiana USA



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