12849210Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Deadweather and Sunrise is the first book in the new young adult series, The Chronicles of Egg. It was surprisingly well written and I enjoyed it. The second book is coming out shortly and I am looking forward to reading that one too!

Egbert is the youngest of three siblings living with their father on Deadweather Island. The only other residents are pirates living in the only town. Many of the pirates that are missing too many parts to continue being pirates work for Egg’s father on their ugly fruit plantation. It’s a sparse life and Egg gets beat up by his siblings frequently but he has a fairly positive outlook on life.

One day his father came back from cleaning the canon, got some paper and a pencil from the tutor and disappeared for a while. When he came back he announced that the next day they were traveling to Sunrise, the rich island to the east. Since this was not one of the two annual trips there, it was a momentous occasion.

The next morning everyone was dressed in their Sunday best for the trip. Egg and his siblings had no idea what had gotten into their father but were all excited about the trip. While waiting to be seated at a ‘fancy’ restaurant they run into Mr. Pembroke. He is very happy to meet them and treats them to lunch. Afterward he invites the whole family to spend the night up at his mansion. Egg seems to be living in a dream and Mr. Pembroke’s daughter completely dazzles him. Then Mr. Pembroke want to show the the family how to fly by letting them up in his hot air balloon. That’s when the accident happens…

I think if I had read this when I was in middle school, I would have given it a full 5 stars. It has pirates and adventurers, good friends and a secret treasure. I certainly think boys about that age would love this book. (I can’t speak for girls). The writing was well done and many of Egg’s thoughts reminded me of my thought processes when I was that age. While I didn’t give it 5 stars I still thought it was worthy of 4. For those who like YA books I highly recommend this one.

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.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Puffin Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.