Separated by Shane Peacock
Published September 20, 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
Genres Fiction, Suspense
When Adam’s grandfather first suggests taking him on a quick trip to Sweden to celebrate his upcoming 13th birthday, visions of being in one of the coolest places on earth – and he hasn’t been thinking about the temperature – dance in Adam’s mind. But on his way there he reads that Swedes have a darker past and present, than he ever imagines. Then he finds himself alone and separated from his grandfather in busy Stockholm. He is followed by unsmiling strangers, chased by ghosts down alleyways and constantly watched by the strangest girl he ever seen. And then another terror, perhaps bigger than the terror of being lost, begins to overwhelm him. In this fast-paced prequel to Last Message and Double You by Shane Peacock, the outwardly confident but often secretly anxious Adam wanders the streets of Stockholm.
From the very first pages of this book one can tell that Adam is a fairly anxious individual, as he goes over the various things that might possibly go wrong while they are traveling, while his grandfather sits next to him very calmly. Before arriving in Sweden, Adam reads an article online that discusses some of Sweden’s darker past, from their involvement in past wars, such as WWII to some of their personal behavior today. The first few days in Sweden are fine, Adam spends time with his grandfather and nothing really unusual happens. Then he grandfather takes Adam on a surprise trip to ride the Skyview on their last full day in Stockholm and afterwards they stop at an arena to watch a hockey game, where Adam gets separated from his grandfather. After that, Adam spends most of the book running around the streets of Stockholm, with some strange things happening along the way. He eventually reunites with his grandfather at the end of the book.
Overall, this was a fairly short, well written middle-grade book. Even though the book is fairly short, I feel that the reader gets to know the main character Adam pretty well, as the story is told from his point of view. It also has the right amount of suspense and a fast moving plot line to keep readers interested. As mentioned in this synopsis, not only is this a prequel to previously published books but it is also part of a boxed set of 7 books called The Seven Prequels Boxed Set that includes 6 other stories by 6 other authors that are also prequels to Last Message and Double You by Shane Peacock. Thank you to the publisher, Orca Book Publishers, for sending me The Seven Prequels Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review. Also I had the opportunity to participate in an author Q&A session with the author, which will be posted on my blog on September 29 as part of their blog tour, so make sure to stop back for the blog tour! Happy reading!