This is one of my alltime favorite books. I just finished reading it for perhaps the 10th time, and decided to share it. Other most favorite book: Jumper.
What an excellent story! I would not have plotted it & written it the way Steven Gould did but I really enjoyed the way he kept me off balance and wondering what would happen next. I requested this book because Peter E. of CANBY, MN said that it was his all time favorite book. Now, I don't know him but I can say that it took me only 3 days to read this entertaining little gem and everyday I couldn't wait to get home from work to see what happened next!
Young people try to exploit a gateway to another world, and find themselves fighting to escape government thugs.
I love this book! "Wildside" was this author's first or second novel -- I don't recall which -- and it has all the good stuff I liked from his other early book, Jumper: First person narrative, coming of age, big-bad-government, good dialogue, original story. Read this book!
This could have been a great book if written by a different author. Instead, Mr. Gould takes a great idea and lamely does not develop it past, 'we found a hole to another universe, lets learn how to fly a plane, uh oh, here comes the feds.'
I loved Jumper for its constant action and the obvious great idea, but this was disappointing.
It seemed to start off a little awkwardly, but turned out pretty okay. My main critic is that the main character pretty much fell into the solutions to his problems.