“Theo has been raised in isolation. His illness has required him to wear gloves constantly and undergo daily medical treatment, and only three people are ever around. But one day, he finds a mysterious gift that draws him to a world outside the only home he's ever known. It is there he comes face...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a very fast-paced book, where when you read, the plot fits together quite well. It was very futuristic and sci-fi, which is what I liked about it. There was probably nothing I liked about it. ”Doogi Suh wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Theo has been raised in isolation. His illness has required him to wear gloves constantly and undergo daily medical treatment, and only three people are ever around. But one day, he finds a mysterious gift that draws him to a world outside the only home he's ever known. It is there he comes face to face with not only the mysteries of his own life, but with a secret war fought with powers ordinary people can't imagine. But can Theo survive, let alone be any kind of hero?
Imagine superheros (and villains!) designed with the flavor of Victorian England. The titular Candle Man. The Dodo. The Philanthropist. Throw in a few secret societies, the overtly known but secretly corrupt Society of Good Works (killing with kindness), a menagerie of extinct animals and a pinch of alchemy. It all makes for an intriguing blend of what-if that feels like the steampunk version of any superhero comic.
Ironically, though, a great deal of the cast is old. Most of the backstory has its roots in the real Victorian era, where the story proper takes place in the present. This lends it a steampunk flavor without being steampunk entirely (which may or may not be to taste; I would have preferred the entire thing be set in the Victorian era since there wasn't much that would have changed). The characters are also fairly simple, with only one real surprise at the end.
The real draw is more the mystery of the Candle Man and the historical band of heros and villianry, and Theo's own burgeoning powers. Though the story wraps up somewhat, it does leave several things dangling for a sequel. I liked it enough to be glad I picked up the sequel. I do hope the characters from the past either get scenes or have more of their lives explored. I rate this book Recommended.”
“This book is defiantly far cut in other mystery's for Teenagers - the characters are deep and there's plenty of them, with a great selection of villains and a plot with so many twists that even the smartest of all people wont see some parts coming, simply because there's so much going on! :D This book is great to read with friends or a group, there's simply so much to discuss! :D I did find that the power wasn't exactly original - touching someone makes them instantly die? Doesn't exactly open any doors. Still, loved the novel and am defiantly ordering the next one - so excited! :D”Robert B wrote this review Friday, September 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How did mrs mahoney know?”Katie S. wrote this review Thursday, June 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not bad. it has minor action”John M wrote this review Thursday, May 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really like this book. it as a lot of humorous parts, and a very epic story”Dominic F wrote this review Wednesday, February 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just Wonderful!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Wednesday, January 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“6th grade Thirteen-year-old Theo, who has lived in seclusion his entire life, discovers he is
the descendant of the Candle Man, a Victorian vigilante with the ability to melt
criminals with a single touch.”
“A darker tale than you might expect given the intended audience age. It's a battle between good and evil with the main character uncertain which is which. Gifted and cursed with a terrible ability he has to manage to decide for himself which path to take. A difficult burden considering he was sheltered in a house his entire life. ”Sethers wrote this review Wednesday, November 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a little apprehesive about reading children's hero novels, since I am an avid Harry Potter fan and a lot of the time they seem to be trying to recreate the series, but there was something about this book that caught my eye. So I checked it out from the library.
I was hooked from page 1. The book opens up on Theo Saint's 13th birthday. He has been kept locked up in one room of a huge house by a scientist for as long as he can remember, always being told it was for his own good because he had a rare disease. Finally one evening theives break into the home and force Theo to take them to where the treasures of the house are kept and the beginning of Theo's adventure ensues.
I couldn't put the book down and have since started reading Book 2 in the trilogy. Can't wait to get the complete set when book 3 comes out in 2012. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys reading fantasy and loves to get lost in a plain old good book!”