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Day of the Dead Book Review

Gotta get away
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Gotta run away
Courtesy of Orchard Books
Day of the Dead Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 2 Star Rating)

Alex's father Steve is almost a stranger. When he's invited on a trip to California, Alex thinks it'll be a great way to get to know his dad. Instead it turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

Author: Anthony Masters

Alex lives with his Mom while his dad travels the world taking photos for a magazine. Alex's dad is like a stranger to him. When they do get together, his dad prefers to be called Steve. This is hard on Alex and his mom. When Steve invites Alex to come to California to visit, Alex leaps at the chance to get to know his dad. Little did he know he'd end up in the adventure of a lifetime.


Festival in Mexico

Alex joins his dad for a holiday in California but gets ditched when his dad has to cross the border to Mexico. Alex refuses to be left behind and sneaks across with his dad. Alex ends up in the middle of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival and secret plans involving plastic coffins, guns and betrayal. Alex is in way over his head. Will he make it home in one piece? Will his dad?


Loose Ends

Day of the Dead just doesn't work for me. The story starts off good and works 'til about the halfway point, then it starts to fall apart. Some of the characters, Alex and his dad included, act strangely for no real reason. The story doesn't wrap up and leaves some serious loose ends. Like how the cops are investigating them and there are huge holes in their story - do they go to jail? A lot of relationships between the characters aren't dealt with. It's like they're expecting a sequel but there isn't enough story left to continue.


The Bottom Line

Day of the Dead is disappointing. It started off well and had a great chance for some serious drama but it just couldn't keep it together long enough to finish the story.


Day of the Dead Rating: 2


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