Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shadow Walkers by Brent Hartinger [Review]

2 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Shadow Walkers
Author: Brent Hartinger
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: February 8, 2011
Print Length: 216 pages
Publisher: Flux
ISBN-10: 9780738723648
ISBN-13: 978-0738723648
My Copy: Author (TBS)
Reviewer: Rex

Book Blurb:
Living with his grandparents on a tiny island off the Washington State coast, Zach feels cut off from the world. Especially when he's forbidden to chat with his online friends. But then his little brother, Gilbert, is kidnapped. To find him, Zach discovers how to astral project. Soon, his spirit is soaring through the strange and boundless astral realm—a shadow place.

While searching for his brother, Zach meets a boy named Emory, another astral traveler who's intriguing (and cute). As they track the kidnappers from the astral realm, their bond grows—but each moment could be Gilbert's last. Even worse, there's a menacing, centuries-old creature in their midst that devours souls and possesses physical bodies. And it's hungry for Zach.

Book Review:
Shadow Walkers is the first novel I have read that focuses on astral projection. Hartinger did a wonderful job explaining how his characters are able to walk through another realm. I didn't feel lost at all and by the end of the book I felt like I knew the concept of astral projection pretty well. Definitely interesting.

However, there is something about astral projection that makes me roll my eyes. I realize how silly this sounds coming from someone who loves to read about shape shifters and zombies. So, to begin, this book is given two stars more because it just isn't for me. If astral projection fascinates you, read this! You will probably really like it.

Now, that being said, the plot is fun, but I felt like the characters are a little blah. There emotions were clear but I couldn't find myself feeling anything with them. I didn't find myself relating to any of them much or liking them a whole lot. And though I loved Zach's relationship with his little (adorable!) brother Gilbert, I didn't like his relationship with Emory. It seemed rushed to me. Did not find myself wondering what they were doing after I put the book down. 

I did finish the book because I had to know what happens at the end. Does Zach get his happily ever after? Does he find his brother and return him home safely? Definitely recommend Shadow Walkers to the younger readers and those that enjoy reading about astral projection.

And check back on May 9th for an awesome
interview with Brent Hartinger!


  1. I felt pretty much the same way. The characters were flat, but the concept was interesting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  2. Thanks, Lauren! Is your review posted? I'd like to check it out :)



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