My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. Not all the layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living. Twelve-year-old George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. When, in a tiny act of rebellion, George breaks the head from a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum, he awakes an ancient power. This power has been dormant for centuries but the results are instant and terrifying: A stone Pterodactyl unpeels from the wall and starts chasing George. He runs for his life but it seems that no one can see what he's running from. No one, except Edie, who is also trapped in this strange world. And this is just the beginning as the statues of London awake… This is a story of statues coming to life; of a struggle between those with souls and those without; of how one boy who has been emotionally abandoned manages to find hope.
My Thoughts:I don't even know where to start. There was not enough background info on the characters and way too much description of things that didn't add anything to the story. There are so many types of things like taints, glints, spits and weirded. Although, I got the basic idea of each of those groups, I would have loved if there was more history or details about them. The whole concept of statues coming to life was an interesting concept as well as the layers of non-Londons. However, the actual execution was lacking. There was so much happening that it is hard to keep up with it all AND make sense of what is happening. I was just really disappointed in this book as I didn't care about the characters and had to push my way thru to the end. The book had potential and some character building could make a huge difference. I may give the author a second chance at some point but not for a while.
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