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As apprentice to his father, the second-best medical scientist in the empire, Jonathan leads a quiet life in a remote aerial city until the king arrives, calling on them to find the cure to a plague that has struck the capital city and put the queen's life at risk, but the newly discovered chemical, fantillium, that may help will also put at risk all that Jonathan holds dear.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062001054
Characteristics: 361 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y DIXON, H


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Aug 12, 2020

The main problem I had with this book was not the book's fault, so I didn't take it into account for my star review. The main problem for the main character to deal with is a disease that's sweeping his world. It's a little too familiar for a 2020 read.
Otherwise, I adored this book. The main character is an absolute genius. The book has a really good handle on math and science. There's enough of it that's a fun easter egg for people who like that kind of thing, but not so overwhelming that people who don't like it will have problems understanding. A really funny part was when the character used i in the equation F= Gm1m2/r^2 with a hilarious result!
I also really enjoyed the characters. The main character is a fun genius who cares about his family, but gets a little power hungry at times. His 'friend' is a hilariously gruff yet somewhat kind and sweet guard. There's also a fabulously fierce female side character.
All in all, I really liked this book. I would just recommend waiting to read it until you're in a space to deal with the disease portion of it. It hits a little too close to home right now.

kirstd31 Apr 04, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the book focused on the love for family and friends. It was refreshing to read a book that did not revolve around the main characters romance. The book was very interesting. I enjoyed how she developed the two different worlds that are similar, but different. This is a great book for male tweens and teens.

Dec 29, 2015

just wondering, who is the girl on the cover next to Jonathan?

Jun 29, 2015

So this was a very interesting book. It's refreshing to read a book with so little focus on romance and from a male prospective. She did a wonderful job mixing fantasy with reality. I also enjoyed that while it was at times a little predictable, there were also times when I had no idea what was going to happen.

Blue_Hamster_135 Jun 25, 2015

I just have to say, 10/10, I definatly recomend this book.


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