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The Light Thieves: An exciting adventure from the author of A Place Called Perfect

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Sometimes as an adult reading middle grade I can predict everything that will happen, but I found that this book was genuinely keeping me guessing, it was a really fun reading experience.

The series is a bestselling series has sold over 230,000 copies in the UK and counting and is published in 13 languages to date. Perfect has also been optioned for an animated TV series by Jellyfish Productions. But it is the quirky, clever and lovable characters of Grian, Jeffrey and Shelli, who capture your heart and keep the tension throughout their friendship. However, the suspense throughout this dark mystery makes you questions your own decisions, who you trust and how you live your life. Nature NEEDS to be respected. We as humans NEED to make changes. Thinking of others should be commonplace. A Place Called Perfect was my first book. It was published in August 2017 and was a Waterstones Book of the Month. It won numerous awards including Crimefest Children's Book of the Year and was nominated for the Irish Book Awards and Waterstones Children's Prize. Well, The Light Thieves was a fantastic eco read that I couldn't put down! From the first chapter you are put right at the heart of the action and adventure, and this just makes you want to read on and not stop.What does Howard Hansom want with all the people he has enticed to live in his city? The days are getting darker but what's really happening to the sun? About This Edition ISBN: Clever, quirky and hugely imaginative, discover the eagerly anticipated new eco-adventure series from the bestselling author of A Place Called Perfect. The Light Thieves' is an exciting and dramatic story bursting with ideas to question your thoughts. I very much NEED to read the next instalment!!! I am from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland, which was the inspiration for the town in A Place Called Perfect. I write stories full of adventure because I get bored really easily.

The characters are great too. I really liked how Grian wasn't actually that bright. He struggles with a lot of things and depends on his friends for help, and that really worked for me. He had courage though, and I loved his determination to keep going. Jeffrey was a fascinating character, and one I'd like to see more of. His relationship with his parents was hinted at frequently and is definitely something I'd like to see explored in later books. Shelli was also brilliant. With her close affinity to animals and apparent powers over them, and her disdain of modern technology, she was the ideal third member of the group. I was intrigued by the idea of the earth tilting, and the sun dying and feel like this topic is relevant to issues that we are hearing about today - especially in regards to climate change. It is great that these topics are being explored in middle grade, as the children reading these books are the future and will be living in this world. I commend the author for bringing this to the forefront and ultimately educating readers about this very serious crisis. The Light Thieves follows a world where the Earth has tilted onto the side, and the story of Grian, his friends Jeffrey and Shelli, when his sister goes off to a new city created by billionaire tech genius Howard Hansom to fix the problem of the Earth tilting. But when the three reach the city, Grian's sister is nowhere to be found, and mysteries abound. Ever since a huge earthquake shifted the earth on its axis in an event known as ‘the tilt’, the world has been getting darker and a huge blot has appeared on the sun. Fortunately, Howard Hansom, the billionaire tech innovator behind the myriad of gadgets that make every aspect of Grian’s and his family’s lives easier, has a plan. He just needs the help of ordinary people to put it into action. That’s when the second blow to Grian’s view of the world occurs: when his sister runs away to Hansom’s new city, Grian goes after her, together with two new friends Jeffrey and Shelli. The more they see of how the city works, and the better they get to know the real Hansom, the more alarming it is. Was Grian’s grandpa, a tilt denier, right all along and what can they do to alert everyone else to what’s really going on? The Light Thieves' by Helena Duggan is the first part of a fantastic new futuristic and eco-adventure series. Full of thought-provoking, dark at times decisions needing to be made but thrillingly exciting too.Grian was a likable protagonist that you couldn't help but root for throughout the story. His bravery and willingness to do what's right were inspiring, and I am excited to see how he grows throughout the series. His friendship with Jeffrey and Shelli was heartwarming to read about, and the dynamics between the three brought some comic relief to what could be quite a serious read. Who would you trust to save the world...a boy or a billionaire? The earth has shifted on its axis and a mysterious dark mark has appeared on the sun - the whole world is in peril! But billionaire tech genius Howard Hansom has a plan...

A billionaire who's tech is in everyone's hands, who has the ability to control the media? Hits pretty close to home, right? I really enjoyed how these realistic topics - that won't necessarily be noticed by the younger end of readers - will stand out and be a glaring allegory of the real world we live in, it was really well done. Let's start with the mystery at the heart of the book. It's totally gripping! There are strange, cloaked figures floating around, letting themselves into people's houses, hunting people through the streets. There's a missing sister and a missing grandfather. A tech genius who's just too good to be true. It's complex and exciting and utterly mysterious. This was a great book, I think it's the perfect middle grade book to be enjoyed by all ages. There are fun characters, exciting action and genuine twists, while also talking about some pretty realistic topics. The world has shifted on its tilt and a dark mark has appeared on the sun. But the majority of the population believe in the tilt and trust billionaire Howard Hansom as the man to save the world. Helena Duggan writes boldly, wildly almost outrageously combining humour, fear and friendship to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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