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One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Book of the Month This is the first young adult book from number one bestselling author David Baldacci. A thrilling fantasy adventure story that follows one girl's quest beyond her known world and into a dangerous realm full of magical beasts. Vega Jane lives in Wormwood, a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left, until she discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining. But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Finisher a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'An enigmatic, enthralling read that'll have you staying up into the small hours desperate to find out what happens next.' - Ciara McIlvenna
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The only world that Vega Jane has ever known is Wormwood. This poverty-stricken, stifled village - Vega’s home - has long been a prisoner of its own superstition, the high perimeter walls keeping out unwelcome visitors … and keeping in its dwellers. No one has ever left. Until now.
When Vega’s mentor, Quentin Herms, is seen running into the wild outside the village walls, everyone assumes he will soon be dead, killed by the terrifying beasts that stalk the tangled, dark forest. No one, apart from Vega, seems to care. Rumours are whispered among the townsfolk, encouraged by the tyrants who run Wormwood. Quentin was a traitor, who chose his tragic fate as an alternative to a lifetime of imprisonment. Vega knows differently. There is something more to Quentin’s disappearance than meets the eye. What if he wasn’t running from something, but was running towards something? Why are the authorities so determined to keep what lies beyond the walls so secret?
As Vega sets out to clear her friend’s name she comes to realise that some of the people of Wormwood will do anything to keep the truth secret …
Teens love to read and a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review The Finisher. You can read their reviews below.
Sean Keaveny, age 11 - 'I found this a bit confusing to start with as there were made up words for things. This made it quite hard to get into but once I did it was good.' Click Here to read the full review.
Poppy Jeavons, age 15 - 'I found it difficult to get into at first, but when I did, I couldn't put it down. I thought that the creatures, world and people were very imaginative and creative.' Click Here to read the full review.
Shauna Cullinan - 'a thrilling, fantasy adventure story that follows a girl’s quest beyond her known world and into a dangerous world full of magical beasts...This is a really fast moving and exicting read. I loved it.' Click Here to read the full review.
Sammy-Jo Conway - 'It was a very good book and I would like David to write more.' Click Here to read the full review.
Jasmine Randall, age 12 - 'A brilliant book, that I would highly recommend to anybody interested in adventure.' Click Here to read the full review.
Bryony Davies, age 12 - 'This book was fabulous! Baldacci has created an exciting world full of surprises and mysteries. Everything that happened was so unexpected that it was impossible to stop reading it.' Click Here to read the full review.
Amy Cleary, age 13 - 'The Finisher is the first young adult book from number one best selling David Baldacci.' Click Here to read the full review.
Maisie Sansom, age 14 - 'a thrilling adventure novel, full of mysterious beasts and secrets...Although I am sure many people will find this book thrilling, I found it too similar to The Hunger Games.' Click Here to read the full review.
Ciara McIlvenna, age 16 - 'An enigmatic, enthralling read that'll have you staying up into the small hours desperate to find out what happens next.' Click Here to read the full review.
Liam Pickering, age 11 - 'The Finisher was a fantastic book with a storyline which had me hooked from the start and still wanting more when the book was finished.' Click Here to read the full review.
Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Vega Jane’s world is exciting and mysterious, a strange and dangerous place. If you like magic, fantasy, adventure and terrifying beasts you'll love this!' Click Here to read the full review.
Karianne Turner, age 11. - 'I loved every second of it, it was fantastic...Well done David, you deserve a medal!' Click Here to read the full review.
|Publication date:||4th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling writer. He writes books for children and adults and they are published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with more than 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. The Finisher is his first book for young adults and film rights have been bought, with the producer of Spiderman on board. David is the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. www.wishyouwellfoundation.org He lives in Virginia.More About David Baldacci
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