The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue
by Adrienne Kress
“The he thought about himself. About not making it. About all the adventures he had never had because he had never known he’d wanted to have them”
I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a middle grade series about an adventure society and this book is focused on the rescue of one of their newest “members”. The point of view is told from 12 year old’s Evie and Sebastian. Evie’s perspective takes her on a journey to find Sebastian and her grandfather and Sebastian’s takes him on a wild ride of running from bad guys and being kidnapped. I would say this book is best suited for the younger middle-grade readers, probably 7-12. This book is a quick and fun read that focuses on the discovery of self and the love of adventure. It is action packed throughout and keeps the reader on their toes.
The writing by Kress is so much fun to read. Her chapter heading and footnotes are witty and hilarious, adding an extra bit of fun to the novel, especially during the slower parts of the book. The plot is well thought out and takes the reader on a wild journey. It is an excellent read. The only downfall to the book was that it seemed like a filler novel, because only the smallest bit of it drove the larger plot forward. That being said, the adventure they go in is necessary for character development and I found that he dynamic characters of Evie and Sebastian were relatable and realistic. they have their strengths and their weaknesses and they play on both in fun and interesting ways.
The Reckless Rescue uses fun and clever plot structures and dialogue to make an interesting adventure for all readers. A younger audience is suited because most of the plot, the younger characters are accompanied by an adult, lending to a feeling of child-like protection. I think the adults in the book are interesting characters all in their own and an older audience can learn from them as well. This is a book that will hook you instantly and keep you wondering what is going to happen next. There is something for everyone and the writing has a cinematic feel to it that makes the book come alive.