PJV Quickie: I was excited about The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meaghan McIsaac and then I began to read it. I put the book down, tried to pick it up again and just got lost in the strange world, dialect, and silly characters. I wanted the next MAZE RUNNER or the next LOST BOYS, what I got was a slow-going MAZE RUNNER wannabe.

Review: Boys are being raised in a volcano. They just appear and then are assigned to older boys to be raised as little brothers. At the age of 16 the boys have to leave. The main characters name is Urgle, and he has a younger brother named Cubby. Cubby is captured by goblins and the useless Urgle has to chase them into the unknown to get the brother back. In pursuit, a few of Urgle’s friends join him and then they are later joined by an older boy named Blaze when they get to the outside world. The outside world is, of course, all different and they find out all they believed to be was false. Typical “isolated” dystopian thread type of novel.

Typical. If the characters had more depth, if the storyline was expounded on better and the underlying concepts explained more, this could have been a competent story, but combine all of those issues, you just got a half-baked “just another dystopian” novel.

Recommendations: This is recommended for the non-discerning 14-year-old boy. If he just wants to read about a kid that has no parental influences and runs wild with a somewhat Northbound moral compass, there ya go. But, with such praising reviews from the School Library Journal and Booklist, who knows you might like it. 

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The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meaghan McIsaac

The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meaghan McIsaac

Published by Random House Publishing Group on May 12th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 352

Abandoned at birth, the Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit know no mothers. They fend for themselves, each training their Little Brother to survive until they turn sixteen, when it’s their Leaving Day. No boy knows what’s beyond the forest. But when Urgle’s Little Brother, Cubby, is carried off by troll-like predators, Urgle and two of his Brothers embark on a quest to rescue him from a place from which no one has ever returned.