Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hawking's Hallway - Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Summary: Nick Slate, in order to protect his father and little brother, reluctantly must help the Accelerati complete Tesla's great device. Their power-mad leader wants nothing less than to control the world's energy--but there are still three missing objects to track down.

Nick's friends can't help him, as they are spread across the globe grappling with their own mysteries--with Vince in Scotland, Caitlin and Mitch on their way to New Jersey, and Petula's whereabouts unknown. On his own, Nick must locate Tesla's final inventions-- which are the most powerful of all, capable of shattering time and collapsing space. (Summary and image from

Review: All of Nick’s plans seem to have fallen to bits. He tried so hard to keep his family from knowing what he was really doing, and now they’re in the clutches of the Accelerati. He’s had no choice but to join forces with the Accelerati to save the lives of his dad and brother, not to mention his friends. And soon—much too soon—he finds himself face to face with the leader of this nefarious group — Thomas Edison, himself. Still. Somehow.

I’ve got to be honest. This book is action-packed, moves in eighty different directions, there’s time travel, split people, stolen babies, the emergence of not only Thomas Edison, but possibly Nikola Tesla, there’s a lot going on. A LOT. While the other two have been good at setting the stage and endearing the reader to the characters and their cause, this is the final act, and there’s a lot to resolve. It gets intense. It gets downright scary. I may have teared up a bit at one point.

I really ended up loving this series, and very much appreciated the twists and turns of this novel. I loved the tidbits of history that found their way into the narrative. I loved the development of the characters, their resolutions, and the final product. It was definitely a satisfying conclusion to the end of the series.

To be honest, I binge-read this series in a  day and a half. I love doing that. Honestly, it was beneficial to me to have read all of them quickly so that I could follow all of the characters and their storylines. I’d recommend reading this series like that, otherwise, it may be too easy to get a little lost.

Rating: Four stars

For the Sensitive Reader: We revisit the fire that started the series, there are deaths, Edison is disturbing, and there is an infant abduction.

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