Posted in Children's Lit

The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel

17846771The Boundless
Kenneth Oppel
2014, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9781442472884
Genre – Adventure, Historical fiction
Age – Middle School
3.4 stars

William Everett and his father James, are going on an adventure. The Boundless, is the greatest train ever built and is embarking on its maiden voyage. Will is in possession of a key that unlocks unimaginable treasures. When a group of shady characters are on to him, he must go into hiding. He joins the travelling circus that is performing for the passengers on the train. Can William make it back to his father, and save the fate of The Boundless, before luck runs out?

This book was full of action and adventure. I love the historical aspect, however imaginative it is. It was an interesting book, but I never felt fully captivated by the narrative. The characters were wild, wacky and fun. I listened to this as an audiobook, and the narrator was fantastic. He was really able to capture the attitudes and personalities of the widely varying cast. I liked that William had a passion and a talent for drawing, and was able to use it to get through his challenges. I also liked the father son relationship that was portrayed throughout the book. All in all it was fast paced, fun, and fantastical.

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