Amanda's Pre-Blog Reads: The Pendragon series

Friday, January 31, 2014
The Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale

Why I chose these books:
    As a 7th grade student, my mom took me to the Scholastic warehouse to buy books every December and May. I was lucky enough to get the first five books (they were the only ones released at the time). I read them in less than 3 months. Needless to say, the adventures of Bobby Pendragon was what made me love reading. It was a great introduction to everything I love about science fiction and fantasy for YA readers. And I will forever be glad that I picked up this series.

Pendragon: The Merchant of Death Summary:
Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.
He is going to save the world.
And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.
If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning....(Goodreads)
My Very Bookish Opinions:
1. Though this is a very long series, which becomes quite daunting to some, it is well worth it. You watch Bobby grow up and you feel as though you grow up with him. This is a fantastic series for 8th graders if they follow it all the way through to the end. I was always entranced and consistently waited for every May when the next book was released. Very inventive plot, endearing characters, and just all-around great YA lit.
2. This series deals with some tough situations --stuff that a lot of teens deal with. It deals with interracial relationships, good vs. evil, does the ends justify the means?, death, sacrifice, love, etc. And this series tackles these topics with great skill. Not only is it dealt with in a positive way, but it is realistic and believable.
3. Though this series' protagonist is a boy, girls would love this series just as much. I don't ever think that there should be a differentiation between girl lit and boy lit, but I know the stigma. So I would like to say that no matter what gender you identify with, this series will find its way into your heart and stick there for years to come.
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