Book Review - The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones

Monday April 19, 2010

The Owl Keeper
by Christine Brodien-Jones
April 13, 2010
Delacorte Press
Maxwell Unger has always loved the night. He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.

According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that’s what the High Echelon says. But Max knows better.

Maxwell Unger has a secret. And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again.

The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon. 

One part of being a librarian blogger versus a book blogger who reviews books for fun (don't get me wrong, I have a LOT of fun, but I also consider blogging as an extended part of my "job") is that I try to be a little bit more varied in the books I review so that I can reach a lot of different readers. As you might know my favorite books to read are paranormal romance...but when I read books like The Owl Keeper I pat myself on the back for being more open about the different types of books I accept for review!

With a dystopian view of the future where an all-knowing government, or High Echelon, has ruined the environment in a failed attempt to control the weather, Max Unger lives with his passive parents and his controlling and uber-weird caretaker Mrs. Crumlin. Max is allergic to sunlight and requires special visits from his own personal physician Dr. Tredegar. 

Max, along with his parents seem to be living in a perpetual dream-like state where they seem to be slowly losing their memories. When Max meets Rose, a strange, bossy and mysterious girl who shows up each night at his owl tree, a progression of events lead Max to believe that the people who claim to care about him most are lying to him. 

When Max finds out a terrifying plot to alter his future he knows he has to do something. With the help of his little silver owl and Rose, Max is determined to be brave. Using his gran's old stories and little clues that she has left behind, Max knows he must find The Owl Keeper...the future depends on it!

Such a great book! An action packed dystopian story filled with creepy characters that will give you the jeepers. There are these gross little creatures called Skraeks that are just...ewwww. Scary instruments like the Injectaport and an all-knowing, all-controlling government that is trying to move its citizens into "protective" domes where they can REALLY keep track of their citizens.

Oh, and I'm hoping there is a sequel, the story ends at a point where a second book could totally start!

Appropriate for ages 12 and up....mild violence

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rachelhestondavis said...

I'm intrigued by this premise. You don't usually think of an unassuming animal such as an owl becoming the central symbol in a fantasy/dystopian's usually dragons or big cats or some other large creature.

Will have to check this out. Plus the owl on the cover is super-cute!!

Rachel Heston Davis
Up and Writing

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I really want to read this! I chose it as my "most anticipated release of the week" in my releases post last week. Glad you enjoyed it!