Series: A Crusoe Adventure
Age group: 10 - 14
Page count: 320 pages
Summary from Amazon:
Rescued from a deserted Caribbean island, 17-year-old Robinson Crusoe and his female friend, Friday, find themselves in late 1600s London, a bustling city that proves as treacherous for them to navigate as the remote island they just left behind. Thanks to their honed survival skills, Crusoe and Friday are recruited by a young writer named Daniel Defoe to work as agents for Segment W, a covert spy group that reports directly to the Crown.
Crusoe, Friday, and Defoe must rescue the Countess of Lichfield from a kidnapping plot. They discover that a mystical and mysterious organization known as the Circle of Thirteen is plotting to destroy Segment W and change the course of history through a royal kidnapping.
With an illustrious cast of historical characters including King Charles II and Sir Isaac Newton, Dawn of Spies is the first installment of a series that thrusts a young Robinson Crusoe into a new world of espionage, intrigue, and peril.
Why I like Dawn of Spies:
- There's adventure and action, duels, "covert spy groups", attacks on castles... The cover really defines it so well.
- There's so much mystery! We don't know very much, and with Crusoe not having been in London for a long time, it's new to him. But with the secret groups and villains, it's definitely intriguing!
- The plot and the setting. Occasionally (for the setting), we go back a bit to when Friday and Crusoe were on the Caribbean island. But then we go back to London. As for the plot, I didn't expect anything that happened! In the end, we're left with a cliffhanger that makes me eager/desperate for the next book!
- Another thing I liked about Dawn of Spies was Crusoe and Friday's remarkable friendship. They look out for each other in London, and they can tell what the other wants (like empathy, I guess, or what they want to do.)
I give this book an eight out of ten! It's remarkably well described and enjoyable.
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