Friday, May 12, 2017

Escape from the Past: The Kid - Annette Oppenlander (Review)

27180530Escape from the Past: The Kid
by Annette Oppenlander

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Time-Travel
Release Date: February 26th 2016 

Summary from Goodreads:

Time-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881! After a huge fight with his parents, Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with Dr. Stuler s evil computer game misleading him, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn t at all the ruthless killer history made him out to be. Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister, Ela, escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine. This is book 2 in the Escape from the Past trilogy."

This is the second book the in the Escape from The Past series by Annette Oppenlander.  This book follows Max again as he enters the game again going to a new era the Wild West.  Max is again lost in what the goal of the game is and how to survive in this era.   We get to meet a new set of characters in the book as well as learn about the Wild West.
Again, in this book the author does an amazing job creating an entire new world to submerse yourself in while reading.  This time we are in the wild west and following the timeline of Billy the Kid.  As a reader, you can tell that the author has carefully taken her time to research this era, with all the of the imagery and descriptions I feel like I am in the Wild West with Max.   The author describes town life as well as the life of the Indians in this book perfectly.  While reading the book, it feels so real that you could almost be in the game with Max.
Max is growing on me as a main character.  He has grown a lot since and during the first book to the second book.  We can see a change in his mannerisms as well as the relationship with his mother.   Max has taken his free time to research the era he was first dropped into as well as learn some survival skills.   I love how the author can add a love interest into the book each time.  It makes Max show his true feelings and make him become more of an enjoyable teenager.   I also love that the book is told completely from Max’s point of view because we not only get him describing what is happening, but we get a lot of his feelings as different events are happening in the book.   We have a lot of action in this book since the Wild West was a challenging era Max has a lot to learn about the interactions between everyone. 
I loved how we got a lot more details about the game and the function of the game.  The author makes almost a complete second story with how the game functions during this book.  I can’t wait to read the third book and see how this ends up.  We have some new characters mentioned that are in present day so I am hoping they are in the next book as well.
I guess my one compliant was I loved the characters from the first book especially Bero he grew on me.  The author does mention these characters in this book, but just in passing.  I wish we got more interaction with the original characters.   I feel this book wouldn’t make full sense if you read this as a standalone book, there are a lot of references back to the first book and the whole idea of him being teleported into the game could be picked up, but if you read the first book it would make a lot more sense what the end goal is.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  There were parts of the story in which a lot of action was taking place and made it harder to put the book down, but for the most part there where some natural stopping points that helped me with reading this at night.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating 4/5 

About the Author

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults and anyone who loves stories set in the past. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.

"Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story."
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