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Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little in common with them except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father.

When his father suddenly disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend Chester. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a dark and terrifying secret — a secret which may cost them their lives.

Review:

"Although it arrives from the U.K. amid plenty of fanfare — and to fandom here, too (see Galley Talk, Dec. 10) — this first in a planned series seems full of holes, as if its raison d'tre were to set up the action for future books. The plot builds on a secret subterranean culture, a cruel, hierarchical English society that is deeply hostile to 'Topsoilers.' As the book opens, the punningly named Will Burrows and his archeologist father are tunneling beneath a disused train station, as this is Dr. Burrows's passion. Their bond established, these two major characters soon go off in different directions; as they do later, the authors lengthily follow one protagonist and seemingly abandon the others. Dr. Burrows, having discovered underground passages in local cellars, disappears after a quarrel with his useless wife; Will and a friend go after him. Encumbered by verbose and flat descriptions ('His whole being emanated evil, and his dark eyes never left Will's, who felt a wave of dread wash over him....[Will] was unable to tear his gaze from the sinister man, whose thin lips twisted into a sardonic smile'), the novel is nearly one-third over before the boys enter the underground Colony — where they are promptly imprisoned and tortured. The narrative at last begins to twist and turn, but the authors still have trouble tracking their cast — and because the offstage characters seem to figure so punily in the others' thinking, readers have little incentive to stay invested in their fates. Ages 8-14." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Will is determined to rescue Chester, and his quest leads him up against gruesome cruelties and startling betrayals. Dense but exciting." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] rollicking subterranean adventure in a world that's both decidedly sinister and deliciously complex....It's been ages since a fantasy book sucked me in with as much speed and force as did this one, and perhaps even longer since I was so surprised by the unexpected twists a story has taken." Alison Morris, Publishers Weekly's "Shelftalker" blog

Review:

"There is a genuine Potteresque momentum to the story..." The Observer (U.K.)

Review:

"Wonderfully imagined subterranean fantasy that draws you completely into its world." Publishing News

Review:

"[A] classic fantasy tale with a science fiction edge..." The Independent (U.K.)

Synopsis:

Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot.

Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot.

"The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father — is he also about to ignite a revolution?

Synopsis:

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father--is he also about to ignite a revolution?

KIDS DIG TUNNELS!

"My eyes were my gray metal shovel and my dark unexpected tunnel was the book. I kept digging my way deeper into the plot to find out what was going to happen next."--Alexa, age 12

"...a unique mix of fantasy and adventure that keeps you wondering what's going to happen next....the vivid descriptions will transport you to a whole new world."--Matt, age 14

"...I was on the edge of my seat until the last page. It was intricately mystifying. Full praise to TUNNELS--I want more!"--Garrett, age 12

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About the Author

RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are coauthors of the international bestsellers TUNNELS, DEEPER, FREEFALL, and CLOSER. Williams divides his time between London and his native Liverpool; Gordon lives with his wife and children in Norfolk, England.

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Cedate, January 22, 2008 (view all comments by Cedate)
Entertaining book. I look forward to seeing what the future brings for Will and his companions!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439871778
Author:
Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Publisher:
Chicken House
Author:
Gordon, Roderick
Author:
Williams, Brian J.
Author:
Williams, Brian
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
England
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Tunnels Books
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 480 pages Chicken House - English 9780439871778 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although it arrives from the U.K. amid plenty of fanfare — and to fandom here, too (see Galley Talk, Dec. 10) — this first in a planned series seems full of holes, as if its raison d'tre were to set up the action for future books. The plot builds on a secret subterranean culture, a cruel, hierarchical English society that is deeply hostile to 'Topsoilers.' As the book opens, the punningly named Will Burrows and his archeologist father are tunneling beneath a disused train station, as this is Dr. Burrows's passion. Their bond established, these two major characters soon go off in different directions; as they do later, the authors lengthily follow one protagonist and seemingly abandon the others. Dr. Burrows, having discovered underground passages in local cellars, disappears after a quarrel with his useless wife; Will and a friend go after him. Encumbered by verbose and flat descriptions ('His whole being emanated evil, and his dark eyes never left Will's, who felt a wave of dread wash over him....[Will] was unable to tear his gaze from the sinister man, whose thin lips twisted into a sardonic smile'), the novel is nearly one-third over before the boys enter the underground Colony — where they are promptly imprisoned and tortured. The narrative at last begins to twist and turn, but the authors still have trouble tracking their cast — and because the offstage characters seem to figure so punily in the others' thinking, readers have little incentive to stay invested in their fates. Ages 8-14." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Will is determined to rescue Chester, and his quest leads him up against gruesome cruelties and startling betrayals. Dense but exciting."
"Review" by , "[A] rollicking subterranean adventure in a world that's both decidedly sinister and deliciously complex....It's been ages since a fantasy book sucked me in with as much speed and force as did this one, and perhaps even longer since I was so surprised by the unexpected twists a story has taken."
"Review" by , "There is a genuine Potteresque momentum to the story..."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully imagined subterranean fantasy that draws you completely into its world."
"Review" by , "[A] classic fantasy tale with a science fiction edge..."
"Synopsis" by , Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot.
"Synopsis" by , Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot.

"The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father — is he also about to ignite a revolution?

"Synopsis" by , 14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father--is he also about to ignite a revolution?

KIDS DIG TUNNELS!

"My eyes were my gray metal shovel and my dark unexpected tunnel was the book. I kept digging my way deeper into the plot to find out what was going to happen next."--Alexa, age 12

"...a unique mix of fantasy and adventure that keeps you wondering what's going to happen next....the vivid descriptions will transport you to a whole new world."--Matt, age 14

"...I was on the edge of my seat until the last page. It was intricately mystifying. Full praise to TUNNELS--I want more!"--Garrett, age 12

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