Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review: Brainwalker

Brainwalker Brainwalker by Robyn Mundell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stuck inside your father's brain via a wormhole you fell into when you were messing around in his particle accelerator... If that's not the premise of a middle grade/young adult fantasy science fiction novel, I don't know what is. Brainwalker is a collaboration by Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast. Young Bernard finds himself smack dab in the middle of a high stakes battle for control of his father's mind - right brain versus left brain. He'll have to use both sides of his own brain to save his dad.

Brainwalker is wildly entertaining from start to finish. It is a quick read but by no means a flat one. Bernard is a boy still reeling from the loss of his mother, who he calls his best friend. He loves science, fitting as he is the child of two scientists. The world that is the inside of Floyd Knifton's brain is portrayed in a unique and fun way, accurately reflecting the differences in right and left to bring the story to life. All of the characters are fully fleshed and vivid. Illustrations throughout the book are an unexpected but perfect enhancement to the story. Non-stop wit, dialogue that flows naturally, and enough action to keep the reader furiously engaged brings Brainwalker in at the top of any genre you list it under.

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