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Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell – Review by Gina, Teen Blogger

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Undercurrent - book coverTitle: Undercurrent

Author: Paul Blackwell

Summary: Callum survives a plummet over a waterfall in his neighborhood, but when he wakes up, his world is no longer the world he knows any more. Everything is twisted. He struggles to get used to what he doesn’t know and who he used to be. There are so many questions to answer and solutions to find.

Six Word Summary: Falling off a waterfall; different universe.

I started reading it because….I kept reading it because…

I started reading this book essentially because I was on a Battle of the Books team, but out of all the 64 books on the list, I chose to read this book because I wanted to try some books with a boy as the main character. I don’t quite know why but it seems to me that there are more books of girls as leading characters than boys. As I was reading, I resisted the urge to read the ending. I’m glad I had patience for the ending.

Gut Reaction: I was fascinated by the idea of parallel universes.

Discuss: I’m sure everyone thinks about the existence of different universes, sometimes also known as parallel universes. I was fascinated by the awesome thought of another me who would be wearing a different shirt, or whatever. Throughout the book, I tried to see the story from Callum’s point of view, when he was going through tons of changes but I don’t think I did a good job of paying attention because all I could think about was what if there was another me. That is so cool. Callum, I think, should have enjoyed the changes more than he did.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:

Survive a plummet over a waterfall.

This book reminded me of InterWorld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves because…

Callum realizes that he is in a different universe when in the garage of his house, he discovers his old lifejackets which have his name in different versions and he knows that’s not what his mother called him when he was young. This scene reminded me of InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves because this book is also about many parallel universe worlds where the main character, Joey, meets many different versions of himself with names, such as: “J”, “Jay”, “Jai”, “Jo”, etc…

Websites of Interest:

Good Reads Page - Paul Blackwell: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6547887.Paul_Blackwell

Undercurrent Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkN-2bMWUAg

Epic Reads Page - Undercurrent: http://www.epicreads.com/books/undercurrent/9780062123503/


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