I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Middleworld by J&P Voelkel
Series: Middleworld #1
Published by Egmont USA on 2010-04-27
Genres: Action & Adventure, Ancient Civilizations, Historical, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in the tiny Central American country of San Xavier. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. When he's mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they've had a change of heart. Upon his arrival, Max's wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier begins. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this pampered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies, and even human sacrifice!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Max, 14, lead character of Middleworld by J&P Voelkel has archaeologist parents who are obsessed with the Maya. Essentially, he has the coolest parents EVER! However, he thinks his parents are lame. Um, what? Max, dear, have you met MY parents? Their interests include country music, fart jokes, and complaining about how much things cost. Anyways, privileged Max really grated on my nerves, I kept wanting to tell him to STFU or GTFO.
Max winds up in Central America, in a chase for the Jaguar Stones which are like the sorcerer’s stone in Harry Potter, only these stones control the gods. He whines a whole lot in Central America. He’s rude to the natives. Eventually, he comes across a Mayan girl named Lola. She’s like a 14 year old Lara Croft. Girl has got it going on. She was definitely my favorite character, aside from the gods. I think this was because Lola was SO different from Max.
I will say, Middleworld is quite funny in several instances. However, the humor is a bit juvenile for MY tastes. But, it’s a juvenile book, so really, what do I expect. It’s also quite educational. I learned quite a bit about the Mayan religion, calendars, and food. This isn’t really an adult-YA-MG crossover. I think the appeal is strictly for the MG set, which is fine. Not every book has to appeal to children and adults. Ultimately Middleworld by J & P Voelkel would be great for middle schoolers, but not me, an adult reader of YA.