Title: Pick the Plot (Story Thieves #4)
Author: James Riley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2017
Page Count: 367
Age Recommendation: 8
When Owen finds himself stuck in a Pick Your Own Plot story, things get more complicated than ever in this fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series, Story Thieves—which was called a “fast-paced, action-packed tale” by School Library Journal—from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.
Being able to jump into books used to seem like the greatest thing in the world to Owen Connors. But now Owen’s trapped in a time travel book where readers—that would be you—decide how the story goes.
As if that weren’t enough, Owen’s also stuck in a prison for time criminals in a prehistoric era. He’s surrounded by bizarre fellow prisoners, including Kara Dox. How does Kara recognize Owen if they’ve never met before? She seems to think they’re old friends, but that can’t be possible. Still, Kara might just be the only chance Owen has to escape. And he has to find a way out to save his friend Bethany, who’s still in grave danger. Because unless Owen can stop him, Nobody is going to split Bethany into two, separating the fictional and non-fictional worlds forever.
Will Owen be able to convince you, the reader, to help him find his way back to Bethany? Or will you feed him to dinosaurs just to teach him a lesson? It’s all up to you when you Pick the Plot. ~ Goodreads
I have to admit, this was a really clever book. At first, I wasn’t quite sure if James Riley could pull it off. After all, this a novel, the penultimate book to a series and it’s a pick the plot book?
Of course, James Riley manged to pull it off, and pull it off well. I absolutely love all the characters and the new one he introduced! They are all so unique and add to the story nicely. I think the most unique aspect of this book was how the ‘Pick the Plot’ style wasn’t completely random. It was carefully planned out and it really tied the plot together and made the story seem more real. YOU the READER were now a character in the story. YOU helped Owen throughout the book. It was pretty darn cool. It was sort of like the fourth wall (I think XD) in theatre.
Though as cool as the ‘pick the plot’ format is, I’m really glad that it’s the only book in the series written like that. It sort of took away from the seriousness of the entire book. I’m not sure how to explain it, but it sort of interrupted the flow of the book. I also sort of worried the entire time that I wasn’t getting the full information I needed for the next book. It would definitely be a very fun book to own, although. I would love when I get bored to open the book and take all the different routes that I hadn’t taken before to see where they would leave me XD.
Personally, this was my least favorite book out of the four out so far. It wasn’t quite as funny, there was a lack in some of the main characters (plus my favorite character has been absent for TWO books now? Smh). Plus it didn’t feel quite as plot twisty or suspenseful.
A small complaint is that there was some time travel throughout the book, and it got a little confusing at some points, but that might have been just me XD.
Just because the bad possibilities were awful didn’t mean there weren’t still good possibilites. He should list some of those off too, just to be fair.
- The last few days had all been a bad, bad dream.
YAY, A DINOSAUR! HAVE OWEN REACH A HAND OUT TO PET IT!
DINOSAUR! YOU HAVE TO PET IT!