I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
Series: The Chronicles of Egg #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 29, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery
Source: the Publisher
Also by this author: New Lands
A stunning middle-grade debut--full of heart, humor, and nonstop action
It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.
Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.
But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.
Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.
Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.
Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
‘I knew the world was out there. I just didn’t see a place for myself in it. And even if there might be, I had no idea how to go about finding it.
It never occurred to me that the world might come find me – and that without me lifting a finger to make it happen, one day my life would change, completely and forever.
But it did. And this is the story of it.’
Growing up in Deadweather, Egbert (although he prefers ‘Egg’) always thought that life outside of Deadweather would be more civilized and more respectful. Growing up with his brother Adonis and sister Venus who treated him like an unwanted brother and his father who he couldn’t even be sure really loved him, Egbert didn’t have the easiest of lives. But when Egbert gets a taste of what other people are truly like, even on the illustrious island Sunrise, he realizes that his family may not be as bad as he originally made them out to be. When his family goes missing after his father makes a mysterious discovery, Egg begins to suspect that he had actually found evidence of the Fire King’s treasure (which was a supposed myth) and that it’s somewhere back on his home in Deadweather.
This book was an immense amount of fun and I had trouble putting it down because I was so enthralled in the story. The story was told from the point-of-view of Egg which was different as it seems most books I’ve read are from the point-of-view of a female so it was an interesting but fun perspective shift for me. Guts was my favorite character though, he cracked me up. Guts mopped the decks of a pirate ship but was not a pirate himself. He refused to wear shoes, his hair hung in his eyes so much you couldn’t be positive he could actually see, and he was quite a wild little animal.
“He’d never use that knife.”
“He would, actually. He’s quite violent. And not well in the head.”
“What kind of ‘not well’?”
“The kind that stabs people! Look at this.” I opened two buttons on my shirt and pulled it far enough off my shoulder to give her a good look at the blood-crusted bite mark on ym shoulder.
“Oh, that’s awful! Does he have a dog?”
“No, that was him.”
Millicent’s eyebrows jumped. “Right, then. Good to know. Thanks for the tip.”
One of my kids asked me what the story was about so I told her the basis. Her immediate response was ‘How long until you finish so I can read it?’ She snagged it just as soon as I was done. I found it to be a bit violent but was satisfied that it was kept to a minimum. This is a series/trilogy that I will definitely be keeping an eye out for in the future. The ending sets up Egg and Guts’ next adventure perfectly. Funny and definitely entertaining, this one is a true ‘middle-grade’ gem.