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I live with my wife and my son, sometimes in Thailand where I was born and my wife is from, sometimes in Ireland where my dad is from. In Thailand, I taught English as a second language. Here in Ireland, I work from home, turning people's manuscripts into e-books. Wherever I am, I write.
on Feb. 25, 2014 :
Pepe was an action packed ride that I enjoyed from start to finish. Mr. Charters has a way of creating a near future in exquisite detail, and I felt like that really made the story.
Pepe himself was a really well developed character, and the others were reasonably so. AlthoughI would have liked to learn more about a few of them, it didn't take away from the awesome story. I think this book will definitely appeal to the younger teen crowd, and I always like finding books I can recommend to young teen boys as there is just not a lot in that department lately and I have a younger brother myself. Don't get me wrong though, as a seventeen year old girl myself I enjoyed reading Pepe too.
Even though it takes place in the future, it reads as sort of ageless which makes the world Robby Charters created all the more interesting. I would certainly read more from him, the way he writes has an almost... what's the right word here... his writing style has an almost soothing tone to it that left me ready to jump right back in every time I put the book down. I think if you were to give Pepe a chance you wouldn't be disappointed!
* I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affected my review or opinion.*
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Jan. 09, 2014 :
The start of “Pepe” held such promise. Charters set a scene and laid the path of a little boy in a deeply unstable world. He lives in the very dangerous Dockyard District with his "sister" Po and once their Grandmother disappears, the pair is on their own. In Pepe's world there are really no questions to be asked. Survival is the primary focus. A strange old man saves him from a miserable situation and says that Pepe should come to him if he’s ever in trouble.
As the story progressed there seemed to be a problem with pacing, Charters develops the characters in a way that at times is independent of the story and causes the plot-line to drag. The benefit of this development is that it cannot be said that Pepe is not a well laid out character. Pepe is developed at the expense of other characters. It would seem logical to me to have a bit of development with Atsuko, the mystic. Clearly he’s a man of mystery but that sense could have been maintained with perhaps a little more insight into how he came to be where and who he is.
Unmet expectation seems to be my biggest struggle with this novel. “Pepe” started so well and then just fizzled as the tale went on. If you have a middle grade boy this might be a book he’d like.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)