Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Blade of Shattered Hope is the third book in James Dashner’s 13th Reality series. This series is meant for young adults and is similar in many ways to Harry Potter, although Dashner likes to disagree and point out the differences. The series follows a teenage boy invited into a a secret world that few others know about with technology that has almost magical properties. Like all secret societies they have an agenda and enemies with ulterior designs.

Atticus ‘Tick’ Higginbottom has been selected to join the secret society of the Realitants who try to protect the 13 realities. The Realitants started as a group of physicists interested in exploring and mapping the realities but eventually found themselves fighting to protect reality from those with more dangerous motives. Tick was selected along with two other kids, Sofia and Paul, and the three became fast friends. They have been on many adventures together and have faced death more than once, which has only strengthened their friendship.

In my opinion James Dashner tells a great tale, starting with the The Journal of Curious Letters and continuing through the The Blade of Shattered Hope. Like the Harry Potter books, the story being told grows up with Tick as he grows older in successive books. I keep comparing these to Harry Potter not because I think it’s a copy but because I think that those who enjoyed Harry will really enjoy Tick as well, and Dashner does have his own unique tale to tell. I think the 13th Reality series fits well into the YA group of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and Alcatraz Smedry. It’s fun, funny and thought provoking. All in all a great read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Shadow Mountain. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.