Review! The Secret of King Triton’s Lair (The Expeditioners Book 2) by S.S. Taylor

28 Nov

exped2The Secret of King Triton’s Lair (The Expeditioners Book 2)

By S.S. Taylor

Illustrated by Katherine Roy

320 pages – ages 9+
Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on September 23, 2014

 

Synopsis- After their escapades in Drowned Man’s Canyon (see my review HERE), Kit, Zander, M.K. West (and Sukey) are back in another adventure! When Kit’s supposedly dead father gives him clues that lead to an island in the North Carribean, Kit finds the perfect excuse to go there – via an expedition request! After the Drowned Man’s Canyon fiasco, the Wests joined the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences (a school for expeditioners). The Academy has a yearly program that allows the students to make a request to go on an expedition of their choice. But when their rival at the Academy, Lazlo Nackley, steals their idea, he is one of the ones to get chosen, and becomes head of the operation. It all starts to go downhill when Lazlo’s evil, controlling father comes along as a chaperone (the nice teacher that is supervising them can’t come because he is seasick and wouldn’t have been able to help).  The Wests (and Sukey) know that they have a hard journey coming on, but there is much more they aren’t expecting.

What I liked- This was a marvelous sequel to the first book. It has all of the steampunk-y, futuristic-ness that I came to love in the first book. It explains some more about how the world got into its “current” state, with all of the dystopian-ness of it. The new adventure that the West’s go through was cool and exciting, and they really make use of their surrounding events perfectly. I think that they go to the Bermuda Triangle (although it is called something different, in this world-frame), and visit a mysterious island in it. The setting is a fascinating place, and plays an important part in the series. The characters get stuck on a deserted island, full of unknown animals, and the island isn’t charted as existing. Like the first book, the book jacket is reversible, and has a blueprint-y feel to them, as it shows a machine from the book. This is a great adventure story that a lot of kids will like. I really like this series, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

10 Responses to “Review! The Secret of King Triton’s Lair (The Expeditioners Book 2) by S.S. Taylor”

  1. julie rowan zoch November 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Nice cover. I’ve never seen a reversible jacket though. Must have a look!

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  2. readingwithrhythm November 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    I’m with Ms RZ. That cover sounds pretty nifty. And I like that name, Lazlo Nackley. Good name.

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  3. Catherine Johnson November 29, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    That cover looks funky! I do hope I can get Matthew to read something like this.

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  4. heylookawriterfellow November 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I love steampunk-y futuristic-ness! (Honestly!) I’m gonna give this one a look-see.

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  5. Sherrie Petersen Books November 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Looks like another great series I need to check out 🙂

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