The first in a series, The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters follows Atticus Higginbottom, or Tick as he prefers to be called. Tick is a bit of a loner at school, much preferring spending time at the library or on the internet trying to get a pen pal, to hanging out with kids his age. He is stunned when he gets a letter in the mail, postmarked from Alaska of all places, that contains a mysterious riddle. He is given the choice to burn the letter, ultimately un-involving himself from whatever escapade the letter has gotten him into, or keep it for a week and begin to receive more riddles, which supposedly are going to help him save the world.
Tick, of course, keeps the letter (would there really be a story if he didn't?) and all sorts of strange things start to happen. He encounters a weird woman that just happens to be 8 feet tall, has metal bugs attack him in his bedroom, not to mention all the odd characters that soon enter his small world. In fact, odd doesn't even begin to describe the characters Tick meets! In most kid's minds though, the odder the better! Oh and did I mention the reality hopping? Characters can move from one reality to another, which I think is quite magnificent....but not something I'm keen on trying for myself!
The story continues as Tick tries to solve each complicated riddle, in order to determine what the next clue may be. Some are very difficult and take a lot of brain power, as well as help from others to solve. Through all the craziness this book has to offer, we are able to watch Tick develop from a young boy content with staying in his shell, to an outgoing, confident young man, determined to help save the world!
Ultimately, I had a lot of fun with this book. I am not typically a science fiction fan, though I do love fantasy, so go figure. However, this book was more on the fantasy side than the sci-fi side, so I was quite content with my reading. And I know kids at the library will keep this book off the shelves for months at a time! I'm looking forward to the publishing date, so I can purchase a copy for the shelves and watch as boys and girls get involved in Tick's strange world. It's sure to be a hit!