Bryn’s life is not a comfortable one. Pollution is causing weird problems, like her sister’s breathing trouble. Her mother went missing while looking for solutions, and when her father went to find her, he disappeared, too.
And there is something in the basement. An egg. And when it hatches, Bryn knows she has to take care of it.
Is it a lizard? Strange shaped lizard… What else could it be?
Maybe Bryn has the last of the dragons left on her hands. And she has no idea how she can possibly care for a growing dragon, let alone when it starts to flame, in the basement of her aunt’s house.
Author: Susan Fletcher
Ages: 12 +
I liked it. I was expecting a great addition to the Dragon Chronicles, and I got one. Just not as great as I would have liked. Sigh.
Oh, any dragon fan and dystopian lover will adore it. I just didn’t like little things along the way… not enough to deter me from saying it’s a great book, but enough to knock it down to a three.
There was plenty of stuff that made me laugh, though. Like the when she talks to Sasha–the pair of them are very funny–and the things the dragon does. And, of course, being dystopian in the pre-destroyed-but-still-in-the-future world, random kids have blogs. It really makes sense. And if you don’t know what is hatching in your basement, google it. Search what to feed a baby lizard. Very realistic. And warn your five year old sister all the ins and outs of bringing a laptop down stairs.
“Unplug it first, the laptop.”
“Don’t drop it.”
“And don’t wake Aunt Pen.”
“I won’t!” Piper scowled. “I’m not a baby.”
Like I said, it was realistic about how kids would have acted in their situation. There was no uncharacteristic heroic bravery. No sudden “I know all about this, we should do this”. It was just what a fourteen year old would do if a dragon was dumped in their hands. All that part felt right.
The writing was great, just like the other books. Perhaps even more so, because the characters were a little more than the ones in the other books–they weren’t your average run-of-the-mill fantasy characters (they couldn’t be. They lived in a normal world.) Not a glued-to-the page book, but riveting all the same.
Being modern, there were a few not-so-good words that didn’t appear in the medieval-style Dragon Chronicles. That disappointed me. Things like that. Modern, but not really nice.
It was a great book, but I won’t say it was my favourite out of the Chronicles. Still, I’m hoping there’ll be more to come in the set. The ending really felt like it was leading up… and I want to know what happens next!