Twelve by James Phelan

February 4, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★

Twelve by James PhelanTwelve (The Last Thirteen #2) by James Phelan
Published: December 1st 2013 by Scholastic
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
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3 Stars

This is where you die, Sam.

The nightmare is real and Sam must face his destiny. Will the chilling prophecy and the ultimate battle against Solaris come true?

Nothing could have prepared Sam for this terrifying new life as one of the last 13 Dreamers. From New York to Egypt, to Italy - the search for the rest of the last 13 will take Sam across the globe. He cannot do it alone, but who can he really trust? He must find the rest of the last 13.

The race has begun.

13 books. 13 nightmares. 1 destiny.

Sam is one of the Last Thirteen – exceptionally talented Dreamers who are prophesied to save the world. Thirteen ended with Sam locked in battle with Solaris, who doesn’t want the prophesy to come about, and Twelve picks up at exactly the same moment.

Whereas the earlier book was primarily concerned with explaining the prophesy, the roles of the Dreamers and who their enemies are, Twelve includes a lot more action and adventure. There are car-chases and flights and private jets galore, with Sam and his friends breaking into ancient monuments and uncovering their secrets.

Although I liked the book, I was disappointed in its depiction of foreigners. Sam and his friend were caught at the top of the Great Pyramid at Giza, and were understandably hauled off to a police station and questioned. One of the police officers exceptionally hairy, and the other sported very bad breath and body odour. They were treated as smelly and ignorant foreign people, regardless of how Sam and Xavier had disrespected a huge symbol of Egypt’s history. I just didn’t like it.

Twelve has an action filled plot which I enjoyed a lot, but I admit I found it ridiculous that Sam and Gabriella were able to so easily access the Vatican’s library and steal one of the previous books kept there. They’re just kids, and even Robert Langdon had a hard time getting into that place. In fact, Twelve has a lot in common with the Robert Langdon books, and I got a very The Da Vinci Code for middle-graders vibe from it.

My favourite plot element is Alex’s story-line, because it reminds readers that the Dreamers are basically just kids, and can be manipulated easily by adults who claim to have their best interests at heart. His story is one I’m looking forward to continuing.

The series is definitely hotting up, and I’m interested to see where the books take Sam and the rest of the Dreamers next. The Last Thirteen series is perfect for younger teens who can read short chapter books, and is filled with enough action, adventure and humour to entertain the most discerning of readers.

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