Reader Reviewed Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty

Worlds Explode

Written by Shane Hegarty

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A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Sam Harper, aged 11 The story of Darkmouth, seaside town and gateway to other nastier worlds, continues! Twelve year old Finn is one of the last of the Legend Hunters, but not a particularly lucky one. His father is missing, trapped on the Infested Side, and when Finn finally finds a way in to rescue him it’s with an officious, impractically dressed administrator from the Council of Twelve, no Desiccator and a half-working radio - things don’t look good. This new helping of Darkmouth adventures is even more fun than the first: the monsters are scarier, the gadgets are gadgetier, the jokes are smoother and Finn’s relationship with friend and helper Emmie is nicely established. An inventive, entertaining page-turner. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'I was totally blown away by this brilliant adventure. A fantastic series which I’m sure you’ll love. I can’t wait for the third instalment.'
  • James Goodall, age 9 - 'I really liked Darkmouth because it had all the things of a great adventure book. It was gripping and tense and at some points I did not even want to put the book down. Pick this book up when it comes out because it is AMAZING!'
  • Liam Pickering, age 12 - 'I adored this book. It definitely gripped me and kept me reading. I just couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this book but would advise you to read the first book before this one.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 10 - 'I loved this because it made the scene come to life around me. I couldn't put it down!'
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'This was the second installment in the ‘Darkmouth’ series and it is just as gripping as the first.  The second book continues the adventures of Finn and Emmie as they together search for Finn's lost dad.'
  • Joshua Zinkin, age 10 - 'This is a fantastic book with lots of exciting things happening.'
  • Holly Wilkins - 'Monsters, rescuing and Legends...This book was very gripping and I could not wait to find out what happens next. '
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk - 'If you like adventure stories based in a fantasy world with some humour thrown in, this is the book for you. I would highly recommend it to boys and girls over the age of 9.'
  • Gabriel Phelan, age 11 - 'This book has a mythical and intriguing flow throughout and appealed to me in many ways. I rate this book 10/10 topping many of my other review books.'
  • Jennifer Towler, age 10 - 'I liked the book because I liked the characters, Finn, Emmie and Estravon.'


Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty

The second book in the monstrously funny and action-packed new series: Darkmouth. It's going to be legendary. The adventures of the most unfortunate Legend Hunter ever to don fighting armour and pick up a Dessicator continue...On a list of things Finn never thought he'd wish for, a gateway bursting open in Darkmouth was right up there. But that's about his only hope for finding his missing father. He's searched for a map, he's followed Steve into dead ends, but found nothing. And he's still got homework to do. But soon Finn and Emmie must face bizarre Legends, a ravenous world and a face from the past as they go where no Legend Hunter has gone before. Or, at least, where no legend Hunter has gone before and returned with their limbs in the correct order.


'Hilarious and exciting. Terrifying and heart-stopping. Everything a great fantasy series should be. The next big thing is here.' Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

'Hegarty writes surely, unpretentiously and amusingly, drawing up beguiling characters and constructing a plot which simply skips along. Great for primary school children studying myths and legends.' The Times

About the Author

Shane Hegarty

Shane Hegarty was the Arts Editor of the Irish Times, but left to be a full time writer after DARKMOUTH sold in a frenzied auction at Bologna Book Fair in 2013. He lives with his family near Dublin.

Author photo by Róisín Macken-Price

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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

30th July 2015




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