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Before Tomorrowland    by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case & et al order for
Before Tomorrowland
by Jeff Jensen
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, e-Book
*   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

I must admit that the most enjoyable part of this book was the prologue. The subsequent chapters just lost my interest and I put the book down on the end table, and there it stayed.

The description of the book sounds like it could be an interesting page turner, complete with a man/machine hybrid, secret codes leading to conspiracy, and a gaggle of geniuses comprising a secret society. But I couldn't stay interested long enough to really get into the story.

I soon tired of the story lines, particularly of Lee and his mother Clara. Clara, dealing with medical issues, is a tiring character. At times her son seems more like the parent. Sometimes Clara just bounces around place to place, topic to topic, with an unusual energy that made me tired.

Perhaps if I had the endurance to stick around for more chapters the story might have evolved to make more sense to me and be more interesting. Maybe I put the book down before the story really even got started. That said though, if it takes that long to really get in to a story, then it's probably not a story the reader will enjoy.

However, some middle grade readers may really enjoy this fantasy, science fiction, thirty plus chapter book. A fun bonus at the end is the full color comic of 'what lies ... further beyond.'

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