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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The End of the World Club by John & Pamela Voelkal

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 28, 2010)
Buy the book:  Amazon
With the end of the Mayan calendar fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Max Murphy and his new friend Lola, the modern Maya girl who saved his life in the perilous jungle, are racing against time to outwit the twelve Lords of Death.  Following the trail of the conquistadors, their quest takes them back to the wild heart of Spain - a forgotten land steeped in legend, superstition and ever more bizarre tourist festivals.  With a pack of hellhounds on their heels and the cape-twirling Count Antonio de Landa in hot pursuit, the teens must face madness and betrayal, bluff and double-bluff, to uncover the terrible secrets of the long-lost Yellow Jaguar.  But no matter where they run, all roads lead to Xibalba.  There, in the cold and watery Maya underworld, we finally discover why only Max Murphy can save the world from the villainous Lords of Death.
 My Review

I was so excited when I got this book from the library a few days ago. It is the sequel to John & Pamela Voelkel's book, Middleworld. I read and reviewed Middleworld a few months back and absolutely loved it. And when I got the sequel, The End of the World Club, I couldn't wait to start reading.

Okay, cutting right to the chase here, I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first in the series. At some parts, it was a little disappointing. I just think it could have been a lot better if you are going off the greatness of the first one. But, it was still a pretty good book. The non-stop action was great. It wasn't a very long book (by the ending of the book I couldn't stand the fact that I would have to wait till the third comes out) but no pages were wasted. The ongoing, and secret, war between the Mayans and the Death Lords makes you hang onto every word. But, I will admit that I was a little disappointed in the villains. I just didn't feel like they were... Villainy enough. Not evil enough. I felt as if the authors didn't want to make the book to scary, or to violent. The most violence in the book was some-what comical dead bodies. That sounds odd, but if you've read the book you will understand my point. And sometimes I find a hard time believing that the ancient Mayans came up with such weird names for immortal beings. Try telling me with a straight face that a powerful Death Lord's, who commanded how and when you would die, name is Scab-Scraper. But, it's hard to not love the protagonists of the book. Every book needs a couple of good guys. And whenever Max isn't whining about something or other, this book has a great team of people who do good stuff to save other stuff.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who has read the first and I would recommend the first to anyone who hasn't yet read it. This is truly a great series and I applaud the Voelkel's for putting together such and imaginative story.

- Austin
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