Every Book Should Feature Zeppelin Pirates!
By Ian McDonald
PYR 16.95 280 pages
A year ago, I reviewed Ian McDonald’s 2011 YA novel Planesrunner and asked the question whether there’s ever been a book that featured zeppelin pirates that wasn’t amazing. The answer quite simply, is no. Any book featuring zeppelin pirates is bound to be amazing. Lucky for us, the sequel Be My Enemy remains true to my theory. This is an exciting science fiction adventure story masquerading as a YA novel. While it may be geared towards young adults, don’t expect paint by numbers plotting. It’s a lively, engaging thriller where the white hats are constantly outnumbered and outgunned, but never out thought.
Our hero, Everett Singh uses his brains a lot more than his brawn. He’s never super- heroic, he’s scared half out of his wits most of the time and he’s smart enough to share his fears with the adults and peers closest to him. It’s a refreshing change from the self-centered, self-important brats populating so many books. The action is intense and nearly continuous, it features an appealing cast. This novel has one of the creepiest antagonists I’ve ever read, outside of a zombie apocalypse. I would whole-heartedly recommend this novel to anybody who likes a good adventure story. I cannot wait for the third book in the series.
Reviewed By Brad Wright