I spent my day reading The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Young Adult Fantasy 369 pages) by Michael Scott on the porch. I have to say, this was a fantastic way for me to spend my day.
“The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.
“The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. Which is exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.”
This book, and the entire rest of the series, was recommended to me by a young gentleman that I met in the bookstore a few weeks ago. We chatted books, authors, and series rather extensively and each took turns going to specific aisles and pointing out things we liked about certain books or books to steer clear of. When he showed this series to me, I was a little confused because the only time I’ve ever heard of Nicholas Flamel was because of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter books. The young gentleman assured me that Nicholas Flamel was actually a real person from history and that these books were not some sort of bizarre Harry Potter spin-off. Because I like books, I purchased the entire series to date that day and only just now got around to reading the first book.
I am absolutely positive that there is more going on in this book than I actually caught, and I’m completely okay with that. History and science are typically not subjects that I study extensively and I have this nagging feeling that I could or would get a lot more out of this book if I invested the time and energy to do huge amounts of research. But even knowing that my knowledge is severely lacking, the book was still written in a way that I was able to easily keep up with the story.
I really enjoyed the mythical references that were mixed right in with pop culture references including modern music and television shows. My grasp of pop culture is not what it used to be, as I’ve gotten considerably older and it seems to me as though those people in my life that maintain awareness of pop culture are those that tend to part ways with me. I just don’t devote the time or the energy to keeping up with some of this stuff, but most of it wasn’t relevant to the story as a whole. Most of it just made me smile or laugh a bit at some of the comments. I think this series is going to use pop culture as entertaining amusement and not as key plot developments, which definitely worked for me because I found many of the references amusing 🙂
I really liked how the story focuses on siblings and the bond shared between twins. It’s unbelievably refreshing to me to read a story that has absolutely nothing to do with a romantic subplot, but that the story still contains love and shows how powerful that love can be.
Overall, this was a really quick, brain candy read. I haven’t yet decided if I will read the next book in the series tonight or if I will save it for tomorrow.