My younger daughter asked me what kind of books I like to read most the other day. She asked if I liked fiction, realistic fiction, or non-fiction. I had to think about that question for a while because I really had a hard time making a decision. I realized that these days, I seem to be drawn to realistic fiction. I blame the NC Battle of the Books for that and a slew of really amazing realistic fiction books both aimed at younger and more mature audiences. That said, books are still about escapism and fun, which is why I had a blast reading the new book, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine, by Frank L. Cole.
Book Description (from publisher)
An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!
CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.
As I said, this is not typically the book that I would pick up, but I had a lot of fun reading it. I could absolutely see this being a book for kids who want a fast paced, exciting adventure.
The notion that The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jurassic Park is pretty spot on. The contest is obviously rigged and then the ride seems to have a mind of its own. There are times when you truly question the safety of the 4 contestants. The characters play off of each other very well as they each try to keep their quirks quiet. Well, everyone but Cameron.
The book is a bit of a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists and turns. All fans of mysteries, adventures, and fun characters will enjoy this book.
** Disclaimer – I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest opinion. All opinions are completely my own.