The main reason why I love watching booktube videos so much is the opportunity to discover new amazing books! «Wonderscape» by Jennifer Bell is a new middle-grade sci-fi / fantasy that I first heard about from Jade @Jadeyraereads, and I was so excited to find it on NetGalley and also getting my request approved!
Currently, on Goodreads, this is not listed as part of a series, but I’d love to read more about Arthur, Ren, and Cecily, even their school and normal life shenanigans. I just miss them and want more of these characters, and hopefully more Wonderscape worlds (?!).
When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves trapped aboard The Principia – a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.
Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out.
Jumanji meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced adventure featuring incredible real-life heroes, from the internationally bestselling author of The Uncommoners series.
Thank you Netgalley and Walker Books for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.
Time-traveling, in-game experiences, friendships, solving mysteries, and many fun quests – that’s what «Wonderscape» brings to the table! Pitched as “Jumanji meets Ready Player One”, this book was a perfect distraction from the real-life world!
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – Every fan of video games will appreciate the in-game reality created by Jessica Bell! Just like in beloved Jumanji, a bunch of kids are pulled into a game where they need to complete certain quests to be able to move forward. This is not just the virtual reality of Ready Player One, the in-game reality becomes a real reality 😀 And they have limited time to be able to solve the greatest mystery of Wonderscape and get back home.
2 – Unbelievably captivating and fast-paced, this book was very difficult to put down. One minute Arthur, Ren, and Cecily witness an explosion in the neighboring house and the next they are in a completely different world. Everything happens so quickly, we barely have the chance to meet the main characters. But I loved how their different personalities got to shine in various realms of Wonderscape. Each of them brought a different set of skills when needed the most.
3 – Adventure, adventure, and more adventure. Besides being incredibly fast-paced, there was never a boring moment in Wonderscape. Each realm Arthur, Ren and Cecily traveled to was very interesting and fun to explore, and the moment they got there there were challenges [quests] to be completed.
I just really loved everything about this book!
4 – For the younger audience this book will definitely spark curiosity to find out more about the famous “heroes” that were mentioned in the story. That’s exactly what a little me would have done after reading this book. I always loved stories that made you curious about things, just like Dan Broan books 🙂
I’m so happy that (1) I heard about this book at all and (2) that I was lucky enough to get my request approved. If you’re a fan of middle grade, make sure to add «Wonderscape» to your TBR!