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As I listened to this book, I had mixed feelings. Even now, I am not sure how I feel about this book. Overall, the main plot concept is refreshing original. So, it's not a total waste of time. However, I feel a lot of the book focused on a lot of strange, mean and down-right weird people verses a few quality characters. After a while, I even didn't care about the so-called "heros"of the book because they were not that lovable or developed fully. The character development was unbalanced, and the plot had too many needless subplots that were not resolved well or at all. Overall, I felt the book left the reader hanging in the end (in an unsatisfying way). My ranking is more a 2.5 than the 3.
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"Tunnels" is a GREAT adventure! First of all, you should know this is NOT a "charming children's story". There is no "happily ever after" or "riding off into the sunset". This is a gritty adventure within a new world, not in outer space, but right below our feet! The first part of the book establishes the characters, which helps the reader/listener absorb the perspective of "innocent youth" and their daily endeavors. Once Will and Chester set out, they encounter events of incredible magnitude. They are thrust into situations that teenagers are not typically expected to endure. (Not even well rounded adults could prepare for what happens to the boys.) The writers did a great job of establishing how life without sunlight could be possible, their descriptions of the cities and surrounding areas, and some of the naturally occurring events are really creative. I'd love to elaborate more on the story, but I don't want to give away any part of the plot. The one personal note I'll share is; I like the cat. I can't say anything negative about this story, and I am looking forward to the next book, "Deeper", which is due to be released March 2009.
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