Friday, May 10, 2013

Kingdom Keepers - Disney after Dark - Ridley Pearson

Summary:  In this fantastical novel, Disney's Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Finn and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains. (Summary and image taken from

My Review:  I was hesitant to start this series, and I really don’t know why.  Ridley Pearson is a great author, light, enchanting, but suspenseful enough to keep my interest piqued.  This novel didn’t disappoint.

I’m not a huge Disney aficionado ... I’ve only been to Disneyland once and Epcot once, so the whole geography of the park is a little foreign to me.  However, while I feared it would diminish the book, it didn’t.  Pearson described the park so well, my remedial knowledge was plenty sufficient.

This is a fun premise for a series as well.  We all know the Disney movies, but what if our wishes and love of them somehow brought them to life?  We all know there’s something magical about the Magic Kingdom, what if this is it?  Real magic?  And who wouldn’t want to run amok in the Happiest Place on Earth?

This was a very quick read.  I was able to finish it in an evening, and it was hard to put down when necessary.  Not only was this a book I could enjoy, it’s one I can pass to my kids without feeling apprehensive that they’ll either not enjoy it or that it’s too mature – something that in this house, is always a plus!

My Rating:  Four stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  There is no language or promiscuity; however, there are a few instances where it gets a little intense (but enough that a mature seven year old could handle it).  The only thing that gave me pause is that the girls in the book weren’t exactly modestly dressed.  More than once, Pearson mentions that three different characters wore shirts that exposed their stomachs – it’s a brief mention, but I found it unnecessary. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Appreciate your continuing notations regarding language, etc. As a grandma and great-grandma, this is important information to know. Since I haven't delved into reviewing YA or children's books, I'm not so concerned with this aspect of reviewing, but from a personal standpoint it's huge. Good review -- I may pick this up for myself!


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