Author: Beth Bowland
Date Published: August 16th,2016
Page Count: 213 pages
Genre: Middle Grade,Fantasy
Where I got the copy:I got the ebook as a part of the Polaris blog tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter
Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.
My Honest Opinion:
To start with,the story-line is unlike anything I’ve ever read.Like,it’s really unique and non cliché and it’s the best thing about the book.But to be honest,it was kind of difficult to get into the first half of the book.The second half was more interesting and easier to get into than the first though.And also there were a few parts which were a bit confusing but I think a few of them do make sense later in the book though a few were left uncleared.I guess it would have been a great read if it was longer and a bit more detailed at places cause a lot of time,it felt rushed!
The two main characters Aaron and Nakal were quite good ones for their age.And I liked the alternate insights into Nakal’s past and now I kind of feel sorry for him.Nakal’s Rite ofPassage was especially good though I wish he had behaved a bit more rationally ,if he had his life would have been entirely different.But then if Aaron hadn’t let the stranger in,it would have been a completely different story too.
And the small twists and pops of unexpected elements made the book quite fun to read.Apart from that,I actually like the world that the author created in Polaris.And I am actually curious about the whole ‘Nothingness’ thing.How does it actually work?In case you are wondering what a Rite of Passage is or Nothingness is,no,I’m not telling you a single word about it,you just have to go and get the book and do let me know if you have a theory about the exact ‘Nothingness’ after you read the book.
Not to mention the ending where we meet Sirius and Arcturus.I actually found that cool and amusing!(Do cool and amusing actually go together???)
In spite of a few negative points here and there,this book actually makes a good read.I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a light and quick read or something you want to complete in one sitting,especially one in the fantasy genre!And bonus if you love Middle Grade books and you are younger than 19 years!Cause I’m quite sure it would have worked a lot more better for me had this book been there two years earlier!
A piece of advice,just in case. 😉
The next time you open the door to a stranger and let them in,think twice about it,you might be initiating ‘The Game’.
Rating: ♥♥♥.5 (3.5 stars)
About The Author:
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.
It’s time for the fun part! Giveaway!
Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 2, 2016
⦁ One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
⦁ Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Polaris by Beth Bowland (INT)
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