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“The Angel Factory by Terence Blacker
“The Angel Factory by Terence Blacker
I have never really believed in angels, but from the book The Angel Factory, written by Terence Blacker, a novel writer for children, swirled my mind around while telling me the story of a boy named Thomas Wisdom. He was adopted by Mary and Mark Wisdom, and still loves them as much as he would love his real parents. When Thomas finds out that his parents are angels everything in his life changes...
This book takes place in London, England, around 1980. The main theme is probably relationship, because it is about how a boy called Thomas Wisdom who finds out that his parents are not his real parents, but that they have adopted him. What’s even worse is that they are angels! When other very effective things happen to his teachers and friends like deaths, he gets even more overwhelmed and changes his relationships with people.
Thomas Wisdom, the main character in this supernatural novel, is a very happy twelve year old boy. He has everything that he needs in his life - his parents love him, he is popular at school, gets good grades and has a lovely dog called Dougal. He is a very brave young boy that participates in many risk, for example, going out at one o’clock in the morning to visit his best friend. He cares for all the members of his family, but can still be a little disrespectful to his family.
Thomas’s best friend, named Gary Sanchez, who’s nickname is Gip, is a pretty unhappy boy. His father left home when he was a baby, and his mother is more interested in alcohol and herself. He even owns his own little hideout where he lives for some time when he feels bad or his mother is hanging out with a guy for a few days. Gip has both his good and his bad sides, he doesn’t have a complete family that loves, but he has a best friends from an amazing perfect family of angels.
Another character, Thomas’s loving mother called Mary, is the most perfect mother anyone could ever imagine. She loves her children, and would do or pay anything to please her children. She loves Thomas almost more that her daughter Amy. I think this is because Thomas is adopted, and Mary wants to make him feel like he is still loved as much as Amy, their real child, even though he is adopted and is not an angel like his parents, but a normal human.
Mark, Thomas’s father is a man that thinks more in a business perspective than anyone else in the family. He still loves his children very much, but always becomes worried about this and that in his job. He does not put as much love into family relating things like holidays as the other family members. Since his job is related to food economy he is involved with important people including the president of America, he is also quite strict and serious about things, but at the same time he can shy and a bit restrained.
Thomas’s grown-up sister Amy, does not have a lot of character shown in this novel. In my opinion, I think that she is a very kind woman, but think more about her boyfriend Luke and what she is planning to do in her future life. She rarely annoys Thomas, and always tries to help him through his mental transition from being a son to an adopted child.
The genre of this book is supernatural, specifically angels. I know this because it cannot be a horror novel as it is not scary at all, but it is supernatural because the whole story seems to be very weird and unusual - it could technically also be science fiction. The novel has to to with angels and what they are trying to do to the human race to improve it, so this tells me too that it must be a very supernatural based book.
What I really like about the author’s writing style in this book is that he writes in a very exciting and thrilling way. What I dislike, is that Blacker takes quite long to tell each part of the story, which makes a little bit boring sometimes. The author, Terence Blacker, does not talk about the setting or surrounding of the characters at all, which makes it a little bit hard to understand, and doesn’t engage you into the book.
Overall, I would rate this book three out of five stars, because it is quite interesting and exciting. On the other side, what I dislike, is the way that the author took so long to explain what was happening.
Terence Blacker was born on February 5th 1948, in Suffolk, UK. He is an English author, columnist, journalist, and publisher, who wrote other well-known books like “Boy 2 Girl”, “In Stitches with Ms.Wiz” and “Parent Swap”. Blacker has also won the Angus Book Award and Nomination for his worldwide famous children books.
“Was an okay book for sure.”Ashley M. wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Strange story about the 4th kind aka aliens.. I didn't hate it but it didn't really appeal to me.”Denise Neary (Neise) wrote this review Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is well-written suspense although Thomas feels older than 12 to me. The angels feel like a cult although the words used are very close to Biblical, implying that the Christian worldview is something twisted. Goodness is suffocating. Religious experience is as manipulative as drugs. Salvation would destroy what is human in us. Very disturbing, but it could stimulate lots of discussion.”LeAnne H wrote this review Saturday, February 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it is really good so far”Ashley M wrote this review Tuesday, September 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I’ve never been riveted by a fantasy adventure that had a vivia relationship with good and evil but novelist Terence Blacker made me feel about Thomas wisdom and his family that had a perfect relationship affaired to their conflicts but so mysteriously there’s something that Thomas presence as a secret that tied him deep down in his heart. Thomas and his family are happy more like perfect; his dad and mom have excellent jobs and he is getting good grades. But Thomas likes being around with his friend Gip which lives next door and he feels that he hasn’t gotten a good life away from his dad and parents separation. The secret that presences Thomas and is inflicted with Gip has conflicted with new life beyond this life makes. You turn the pages and keep on reading.
The theme of this novel is project in presence by deep love and belief. Thomas believes that in his heart and mind presence by angles that makes his life perfect. But soon his prefect life showed him that there is a truth but soon he realize something strange about him being an orphan. But leaving near a presence such as an angel made him feel secure that he was lifted to make something big for his life, and turn away from his biological parents and makes goals for his dreams.
I enjoyed this presence lived upon the characters and the anaylizeion of each part of their life and experience. The thoughts of the characters were believable through the actions showed through the characterization. The problem with the book was some of problems were flipping around with different angles that made it not only a problem for me but for the characters. The reader that would like this book would be a reader who likes presenceing new thing by philosophy.
“The Angel Factory tells the story of a young boy who discovers a shocking secret about his parents. At first, it gets very interesting because it seems to have a whole spy-action theme. After a while, the book became very bland and had a very random plot. Overall, I do not think I would recommend this book to anyone.
“This book was pretty book, but it spent most of the book building up to a fair ending, and it felt anti-climatic.”Kate G wrote this review Monday, June 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The only thing that stopped me from giving this book 2 stars was that they made fun of the United States. They talked about the President of the US being the most powerful man in the world and had him as a cowboy drinking beer.”Katie L wrote this review Sunday, May 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book for teens of all ages...might be good for foster children as the main protagonist of the story,thomas, finds he is adopted and a wild turn of events take its toll on both the characters and the readers”robert michael leroy t wrote this review Tuesday, November 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No