Filled with lots of adventure and fun, Mister Monday by Garth Nix is a great read for its middle-grade audience. Garth Nix’s world-building is fantastic, and competes with the best. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mister Monday, and I hope you enjoy my review!
Goodreads summary of Mister Monday by Garth Nix:
Arthur Penhaligon’s first days at his new school don’t go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog-faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back. But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it. After meeting Suzy Blue and the first part of “the Will” (a frog-looking entity that knows everything about the House), Arthur learns that he’s been selected as Rightful Heir to the House and must get the other part of the clock hand in order to defeat Monday. That means getting past Monday’s henchmen and journeying to the Dayroom itself. Thankfully, Arthur is up to the challenge, but as he finds out, his fight seems to be only one-seventh over.
With a weapon-wielding hero and a villain who doesn’t make Mondays any nicer, Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom launch is imaginative and gripping. After an action-packed crescendo to the book’s middle — when Arthur finally learns his destiny — Nix keeps the drama going and doesn’t let it fall. By the end, you might be winded from all the fantastic explanation, but you’ll definitely be salivating for what’s to come.
My Review of Mister Monday by Garth Nix:
First, I will begin this review by stating how impressed I am with Nix’s imagination. I’m not sure if it’s just because I haven’t spent much time reading children’s fiction/YA/NA lately, but wow. The world of The Keys to the Kingdom series is one of the most unique I have ever read.
The world is incredibly unique, and sparks interest on its inner workings and goings-on. However, some of the world-building reads vague or plain, and it was hard to immerse myself within it.
Fairly standard children’s/YA lit characters. We have a “chosen one” Harry Potter-esque main character, easily-befriended pals, a sidekick, a mentor, and the villains.
Particularly fast-paced! There was constantly a lot going on in Arthur’s story, almost to the point that readers didn’t really have a lot of breathing room between action scenes. Make use of those chapter breaks!
As I said before, the world is wonderfully unique. I am interested and excited to learn more about the world. Then, I’ll feel less as though I’m wading through mud. In the dark.
All in all, an excellent book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
I give this book 4/5 stars.
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