Title: Big Frog
Author: Rob Badcock
Published: June 30th 2011
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Rib Meskitoe - a fourteen-year-old student of Nanozoomology from Milton Keynes citidome - has run away from home and is working on a lottery till in Wigan. There he takes it into his head to steal a winning ticket worth 250 million dollars and suddenly he finds himself on the run, a fugitive in the rainforest with a price on his head. All he has is the money and an incomprehensible set of instructions from his oddball friend Kaddie...- Goodreads
I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
It's always a bit of a gamble when a blogger agrees to accept a novel for review, really we have no idea what the book is going to be like. We normally only have the author/publishing company's description of the book, or maybe a blurb to go on. When I accepted this novel I was really unsure what to expect, the blurb, if I'm totally honest, is weird!
Thankfully this is one novel I'm very glad I accepted, it's a quirky read, but it's definitely worth it.
This is the story of Rib, who steals a winning lottery ticket and runs away, throwing him into a pretty crazy adventure.
Although the beginning of this novel is a little slow, the pace quickly picks up and continues at breakneck speed for the rest of the novel.
This novel is made up of a number of different threads of plot, about different characters, but these threads come together towards the end, meaning most questions are answered! (I said most as their are some questions left open, presumably for the sequel!)
The characters in Big Frog are some of the most interesting I've read about in a while, Rib is clever and brave, but not perfect (stealing lottery tickets anyone?!). Rika is a girl that Rib travels with for a little while, and she was an intriguing character, I need to know more about her! She had some really great sassy one liners.
The author also does a good job of creating a different world to set the novel in, and I liked the Global Warming aspect. It's very well described, but it's also different from normal dystopian settings and that was nice for a change.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I think it is a novel with a unique setting and plot, and I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel!
I would like to thank Rob Badcock for sending me a copy of this novel.
Check out the book's website here: http://bigfrogbook.com/main.html
I definitely recommend checking out the website, its really cool, interactive with sound too!!
The book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11764354-big-frog