Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Life is a blast when you have your very own genie. But when Parker Quarry is shipped from sunny Los Angeles to live with relatives in a quiet New Hampshire college town and releases a 2,000 year-old jinn from an ancient canister "borrowed" from the university building where his uncle works, the biggest blasts comes from the millennia old power struggle he reignites.
Now it is up to Parker, his mild-mannered cousin, Theo, and their wiz-kid classmate, Reese, to stop a battalion of battle-ready jinn from re-starting an all-out war one with humanity in the crosshairs
Rebels of the Lamp was really fun and I really enjoyed every minute of it!
This story was explosive from the start and the action never stopped! Parker is in middle school and doesn't quite fit in. He doesn't have the latest gadget and his shoes aren't from any name brand store. And in the middle school world this spells trouble. Well that and the fact that he can't stop himself from making snarky remarks. His mouth and fists finally land him in deep trouble and he is forced to move in with is aunt and uncle across the country. Thinking things couldn't get any worse, he finds himself in the possession of a strange canister. This canister unleashes just what he think he needs, but it also throws him head first into a war with very powerful genies.
What I described doesn't even come close to the adventure that is contained within these pages! Like I said, it was nonstop action from the first page all the way to the last. I have to give the authors major credit for shoving so much in and having it not feel to crowded. I think too much downtime would have slowed the pace of the story and it would have weakened it. I liked that after every page something else happened and it had me furiously flipping pages to find out what would happen next.
I also have to give credit for Parker. He is definitely smart mouthed and annoying, but the authors knew when to pull back and he didn't go too over the top and become unlikable. Yes he wasn't my favorite person, but I am glad the authors let other characters take over. If it was just told from Parkers point of view I think I would have hated him in the end.
I loved the way the side story was told also. We get glimpses in the beginning telling us how the genies came to be and I thought it was a great addition. So much so that I wanted more. I'm not sure there was more to tell, but I liked the setting and the old world feel to that part of the book.
I also really liked Tarinn. She made some questionable decisions at the end, but for the most part she was a great character and one I really hope we see more of. I honestly liked the rest of the cast. Theo and Reese were fun additions that helped ground Parker and I think they will help him become a stronger character in the sequel.
Overall this was a fun book and one I can see any middle schooler devouring. I will say there is a lot of violence and a lot of blood/killing that I personally wasn't prepared for. I think some scenes could've been taken out and the story would have still been the same so it was a bit unnecessary for so much to be included. I haven't read much middle grade so maybe this is the norm?? If not then just a warning to some.