Published by HarperCollins on October 2nd 2012
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Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope.
Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers--evil, spiderlike beings--came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.
Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick's soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers' lair, where more than just Patrick's soul is at stake.
Short & Sweet: I fell in love with this audio soon after I started it. I haven't actually read any of Oliver's books, even though I own almost all of them. So, when I saw this one on audio at the library, I snagged it for my next audiobook. I love middle grade novels with a touching yet realistic relationship between siblings. Even though Liza's little brother was somewhat annoying, she knew she had to save his soul from the Spindlers and get back her real brother back. The world of Below is introduced to the reader in rich detail with interesting creatures, some friendly, some fierce and all abnormal to Liza. The audio was narrated very well and I found myself aching for reasons to listen to more as I cleaned and drove to places.
Final Verdict: A great novel with a fantastic narration. For those who love adventure and fantasy and a solid middle grade novel.