Sunday, May 15, 2022

Review: ALCATRAZ VS. THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson


Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This book is so very Brandon Sanderson. It’s fast-paced and hilarious, and it’s full of adventure, character growth, bad puns, and unexpected plot twists. Plus it’s very meta, which I thought was such a fun way of writing this story.

If you didn’t know, Brandon Sanderson isn’t the real author of this book. The true author is Alcatraz Smedry and this book is his nonfiction biography, not a fantasy novel. It’s about how he escaped from a cult of evil Librarians, but because the Librarians are evil and don’t want anyone to know about them, this book had to be published as a fantasy novel under a pseudonym to hide the true story. 

I loved this book. Alcatraz is so funny and makes the best observations about the most random stuff. His humor is just weird enough that he feels like such a unique character. Each of the characters is different, yet they work so well together. 

There is so much humor in this book that the author uses to draw you in. Alcatraz tells you about how he’s writing his story and about why he must hide it from the Librarians and about the twists and hooks that he’s using to engage the reader. The whole reading experience was unlike any book I’ve read before. 

If you like middle-grade adventure stories, lots of humor, Brandon Sanderson’s classic storytelling, or you just want to have a fun time reading a book, definitely check out Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. This is one the whole family can enjoy. I will absolutely be reading the rest of the series very soon. 

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