Book Reviews of City of Ruins: Danger Boy Episode 4 (Danger Boy)

City of Ruins: Danger Boy Episode 4 (Danger Boy)
City of Ruins Danger Boy Episode 4 - Danger Boy
Author: Mark London Williams
ISBN-13: 9780763628710
ISBN-10: 0763628719
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
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Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Hardcover
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Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

It's the year 2020 and Eli Sands is being held captive by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the people who pushed him into this whole Danger Boy, time-travel thing to begin with. They claim to be studying him to find out what it is about his bio-mechanical structure that gives him the ability to travel through time unharmed. But, that's about all they'll tell him, and it's the least of his concerns. Eli has many more important questions, like where are they keeping his friends?

Thea, a human girl from far in the past, and Cline, a highly evolved dragon-like creature from a completely different time and place, have become Eli's time-travel companions. Eli doesn't like being apart from the "family" they have created. Speaking of family, where is Eli's mother? He hasn't seen her since they all accidentally ended up in the 1960's. If DARPA can keep track of him, why can't they seem to locate his mom? And how about his dad? Isn't he supposed to be working for them? The only personal contact Eli has is with the DARPA agents, and he only knows them by number, not even their code names, much less their real names!

When the alarm goes off and Eli is deserted, he sees an opportunity that he can't pass up. He escapes his prison and wanders through the DARPA tunnels in search of his friends, and maybe some answers.

Finding his friends proves to be the easy part, and raises more questions than answers. Cline mysteriously appears in another set of rooms. Rooms that somehow duplicate the rooms that Eli lived in with his parents when they started their time-travel experiments. How did these things get here? Who would want to replicate Eli's home? Why? Thea is being interrogated elsewhere by the same DARPA agents that were testing Eli. But Thea seems to be not right somehow. Eli is sure she has the deadly slow pox that has been infecting the public and forcing quarantines all over the world. 30, a head DARPA agent, explains that the slow pox epidemic was created by DARPA to control people. The only people infected are the ones they infected on purpose, and Thea was not chosen for that. But then why is she sick?

It turns out that DARPA's effort to control everything is causing it all to fall apart. The harder they try to contain everything and everyone, the more everything spirals out of control. And now they need Eli's help. But why should he help the people who held him hostage, who kept him from his father, lost Cline to a traveling freak show, and created a disease that mutated and infected Thea and is now incurable? He shouldn't. But he will. Because he might be able to fix all of this, repair the damage that time-travel has created in history, find his mom, locate Cline, and, hopefully, save Thea.

In order to do any of that, he'll have to travel back to biblical times, to a Jerusalem destroyed by war and unwelcoming to strangers. A place far in the past where Eli finds a strange array of friends and enemies from the future.

This is Episode Four in the DANGER BOY series, and the first one that I read. (I know, not really the normal way to go about things.) Due to the fact that I missed the first three, I was a bit hesitant to read this. I admit I was a bit lost at times. I don't tell you all of this to discourage you. In fact, it's the exact opposite. Even not completely knowing what was going on I thought this was a great book! I love the characters; Cline especially is hilarious with his extreme intelligence and odd appreciation for pop culture. I really like the concept of the story, as well as this particular piece of it. Also, it's a really cool way to get a bird's eye view of history! If you've read the first three, I bet you'll like this one. If not, but you're a fan of time-travel, or history, or just good adventure, go check out the series. I know I plan to. I don't think either of us will be disappointed.
reviewed City of Ruins: Danger Boy Episode 4 (Danger Boy) on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

It's the year 2020 and Eli Sands is being held captive by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the people who pushed him into this whole Danger Boy, time-travel thing to begin with. They claim to be studying him to find out what it is about his bio-mechanical structure that gives him the ability to travel through time unharmed. But, that's about all they'll tell him, and it's the least of his concerns. Eli has many more important questions, like where are they keeping his friends?

Thea, a human girl from far in the past, and Cline, a highly evolved dragon-like creature from a completely different time and place, have become Eli's time-travel companions. Eli doesn't like being apart from the "family" they have created. Speaking of family, where is Eli's mother? He hasn't seen her since they all accidentally ended up in the 1960's. If DARPA can keep track of him, why can't they seem to locate his mom? And how about his dad? Isn't he supposed to be working for them? The only personal contact Eli has is with the DARPA agents, and he only knows them by number, not even their code names, much less their real names!

When the alarm goes off and Eli is deserted, he sees an opportunity that he can't pass up. He escapes his prison and wanders through the DARPA tunnels in search of his friends, and maybe some answers.

Finding his friends proves to be the easy part, and raises more questions than answers. Cline mysteriously appears in another set of rooms. Rooms that somehow duplicate the rooms that Eli lived in with his parents when they started their time-travel experiments. How did these things get here? Who would want to replicate Eli's home? Why? Thea is being interrogated elsewhere by the same DARPA agents that were testing Eli. But Thea seems to be not right somehow. Eli is sure she has the deadly slow pox that has been infecting the public and forcing quarantines all over the world. 30, a head DARPA agent, explains that the slow pox epidemic was created by DARPA to control people. The only people infected are the ones they infected on purpose, and Thea was not chosen for that. But then why is she sick?

It turns out that DARPA's effort to control everything is causing it all to fall apart. The harder they try to contain everything and everyone, the more everything spirals out of control. And now they need Eli's help. But why should he help the people who held him hostage, who kept him from his father, lost Cline to a traveling freak show, and created a disease that mutated and infected Thea and is now incurable? He shouldn't. But he will. Because he might be able to fix all of this, repair the damage that time-travel has created in history, find his mom, locate Cline, and, hopefully, save Thea.

In order to do any of that, he'll have to travel back to biblical times, to a Jerusalem destroyed by war and unwelcoming to strangers. A place far in the past where Eli finds a strange array of friends and enemies from the future.

This is Episode Four in the DANGER BOY series, and the first one that I read. (I know, not really the normal way to go about things.) Due to the fact that I missed the first three, I was a bit hesitant to read this. I admit I was a bit lost at times. I don't tell you all of this to discourage you. In fact, it's the exact opposite. Even not completely knowing what was going on I thought this was a great book! I love the characters; Cline especially is hilarious with his extreme intelligence and odd appreciation for pop culture. I really like the concept of the story, as well as this particular piece of it. Also, it's a really cool way to get a bird's eye view of history! If you've read the first three, I bet you'll like this one. If not, but you're a fan of time-travel, or history, or just good adventure, go check out the series. I know I plan to. I don't think either of us will be disappointed.