Story Thieves (2000)
Story Thieves (2000)
4.17 of 5 Votes: 4
1481409190 (ISBN13: 9781481409193)
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Story Thieves will defiantly steal your heart with the amazing plot, setting, writing, and most importantly, the characters. After reading the "Half Upon a Time" series, I never expected Riley to outdo himself, but I think he did an extreme job at creating an entirely different world. Even though in still not positive over if hhe Kiel Gnomenfoot books are real, I'd love to read then if so. Overall, James Riley did a fantastic job and I think any young-adult could enjoy this first installment of the series. It took me a very long time to write a review for Story Thieves that didn’t solely consist of incoherent flailing. I’ve read better books than this one, but very few ones that I felt so strongly about. Most of it has to do with the subject manner, which is intensely metafictional. It involves ordinary high school student Owen, who discovers that his classmate Bethany has the ability to jump into books, because her father was a fictional character. He manages to convince her to let him go with her.Naturally, this is when everything starts to go wrong. Owen’s effort to save the Magister, the mentor figure of a popular book series (one only existing in this book’s universe, by the way) goes terribly, terribly awry and the main characters learn they’re fictional. They don’t take this well. The Magister, in particular, is particularly enraged to learn his whole life meant nothing. Meanwhile, Owen has to take up the role of the main character of the series. I won’t go any more in detail on the plot to avoid spoilers. But I will say that I loved the main characters of this novel. Owen comes across as annoying throughout much of the book, but it’s hard not to empathize with his desire to escape into fiction. Who doesn’t try to escape from their lives? It’s just that Owen does it a bit more literally than the rest of us. And Bethany is smart, tough, creative, and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. In particular, I was in awe with the way the plot had been thought out. Pretty much half the book takes place in a universe that bears no resemblance to the one we were introduced to, but Riley manages to do some very impressive world-building, considering that Owen was plopped into the seventh book of a seven book series. The implications in the other plot are also quite staggering. Riley doesn’t shirk in considering what it means to be a fictional character, and the consequences of the Magister’s plot. Ultimately, this book comes down to meaning. What do our lives mean? What are they measured by? Do our struggles matter? If you someone told you that your life was just the figment of an imagination of a writer from another world, how would you react? Some characters find their existence validated by the news that they are fictional. Some don’t. Like humans, fictional characters are complex individuals.This book left behind a number of loose ends, ones that I very much hope will be addressed in a sequel, because this book certainly deserves one.
Sean gave it 4.5 stars. Fun book and he's now on a mission to find out who the author is. :)
It was a clever story line and the characters were fantastic! One of my favorites.
For readers who enjoyed reading The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West.
A little hard to follow.
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