Official Rating: 3/5
“When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.
Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.
Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the silent complex. But the worms aren’t the only thing that he finds. Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is something that makes Seckry’s heart almost stop.
She’s shaking, petrified, and has no recollection of who she is or what she’s doing there.
Floodlights bleach the area and Seckry has no choice but to grab a hold of the girl and escape with her.
Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms becomes the last thing on Seckry’s mind. What were Endrin doing with a human?”
Seckry Sevenstars is a young man who gets relocated to Skyfall City with his mother and sister, Leena. At first, Seckry is certain that he will not adjust to his new life, but gradually, to his surprise, he meets great friends and starts to enjoy his new home. Then, he receives an email that wants to send him on a quest to steal worms from Endrin Cooperation for an amazing sum of money; he accepts the mission. Then he finds a girl and so on.
The first thing that stood out to me were the names. The last and sometimes the first names of all the characters were odd, “Thumbsuckle” or “Gobbledee”, which I thought was rather interesting. However, they didn’t really match the science fictional environment.
Of course, Seckry leads an uprising of sorts, nothing as big as other dystopian novels, but it’s an uprising no less. What bugged me was that everyone seemed immediately willing to help him. There were adults that didn’t know him at all and yet bent themselves backwards trying to help him. I didn’t know why and I still don’t know why. Almost all of these people endangered their lives, jobs, or both for a teenager, why? What did they see in him? It didn’t make sense to me. Everything seemed to just plop in his lap right when he needed it to. If something wasn’t working or he was just about to get hurt, something or someone would arrive just in time to save the day. If I was Seckry, nothing would look bleak because I would know that it’s definitely going to work out for me.