Book Review: “The Never War”

“The Never War (Pendragon #3)” by D. J. MacHale

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

GoodreadsSource: Bought

Other Pendragon books

Summary from Goodreads:

The third installment in an epic series of adventures First Earth
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is a loyal friend, sports star, devoted pet owner — and Traveler. Along with his uncle Press, Bobby has visited the alternate dimension of Denduron and participated in a civil war. He’s also waded through the endangered underwater territory of Cloral. Now Bobby once again finds himself thrust beyond the boundaries of time and space into a place that seems somewhat familiar: First Earth. Bobby and the Traveler from Cloral — Spader — have flumed to New York City, 1937. Against a backdrop of gangsters, swing music, and the distant sound of a brewing war, the two must uncover the evil Saint Dane’s newest plot. But is Bobby ready for the difficult choices ahead?


Territories are my favorite part of the series. It helps keeps things exciting in each book. This was the coolest book so far. The main territory of the book is First Earth- Earth in 1937. It was a  bit exciting to see what the author would do. 1937 has already passed so we along with Bobby have to figure out what Saint Dane’s plan is. How much history do we remember? The author is pushing us to put the pieces together. We can’t really figure out a whole lot on other territories but we know about Earth’s history. It was even more exciting to jump 3000 years into the future so see how things are on Third Earth.

My biggest problem with the book is they drag a bit at times. There’s a lot of ‘down time’ when Bobby gets to a new territory because he doesn’t know what’s going on. He has to sit back and watch how things are going before jumping in. The book especially drags in this book because we aren’t learning anything new. Earth isn’t some really out there territory with a whole new way of life that we need to learn.  In the grand scale of things it’s pretty similar to now. Everything is smooth sailing when there’s a bunch of action though which makes up for the slowness.

The bottom line? Awesome installment!


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