Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne - ADVISABLE

Trevayne, Emma.  The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden.  247 pages.  Simon & Schuster, 2015.  $16.99.  Violence: PG, Language: G, Sexual Content: PG. 

Eleven-year-old Thomas Marsden helps his father rob graves.  One night the body inside the grave looks exactly like him!  His parents tell him that they actually found him on a grave when he was a baby.  Thomas wants to know where he came from and who he is.  He learns about some faery folk who are being held prisoner by an evil man named Mordecai and forced to do magic.  Thomas is their only hope to break free and return to the land of faery.  Thomas doesn’t have any faery magic, but he’s smart and determined to find a way.   
Although the premise is rather dark, the story didn’t feel dark.  It was more the story arch of the unlikely hero who saves the day.  Thomas’s character development is thoughtful as he discovers who he really is and then decides who he wants to be.  The secondary characters are less well-developed, but still interesting.  The plot moves quickly to a thrilling conclusion.   

EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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