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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson- Review by Tarah, Teen Blogger

The Rithmatisit - book coverImagine that, hundreds of years ago, a supernatural discovery was made. Imagine how different the world today could be because of that one tiny discovery.

In his science fiction novel, The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson explores how the world might have evolved differently because of the discovery of something bizarre: chalk drawings brought to life. At first glance, such a discovery could be considered insignificant. But things are not always as they seem. In an alternate universe to our own, less than one in one thousand people have the power to make chalk drawings come to life. These people are known as Rithmatists. At the Armedius Academy, Rithmatists are trained and chosen to take on the dangerous task of defending the world from wild chalk drawings. But being a Rithmatist becomes even more dangerous when Rithmatist students from the school start to go missing.

The main character, Joel Saxon, takes a position as a research assistant to the teacher in charge of the case of the missing students in hopes that he can learn as much as possible about Rithmatics while helping to solve the mystery. He soon discovers something that will change Rithmatics forever, for better or for worse.

One of my favorite things about this book was the characters. I get confused by characters very easily, so I was glad to see that there weren’t many main characters to concern myself with, and each and every important person had a very distinct personality. Joel is the protagonist with spot-on instincts who is always searching for information. Melody is his annoying and decidedly girly Rithmatist friend. Professor Fitch is the old, humble Rithmatics tutor who hates confrontations.

I loved that the book kept me guessing right until the very last chapter. The kidnapper was someone—or rather, something—that I never would have suspected, and the conclusion of the book left me impatiently waiting for a sequel. Thankfully, all the sources I can find say that The Rithmatist is the first book in a series!

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, even the people like me who aren’t really into science fiction. This is the best book I’ve read in a while.


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ED: here is a another The Rithmatist review by Talia, Teen Blogger.

A complimentary review copy was provided by the publisher, Raincoast Books.


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