But in a strange way, it made perfect sense: the crazier his life became, the tighter he held on to things from his old life.
Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man–the school’s groundskeeper–knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen contains a little bit of everything – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, college life and more! This book really intrigued me because I had never read anything like it before. Not to mention it takes place in my fellow Pacific Northwest city of Portland.
The prologue was a struggle for me to get through as it took place in 300 A.D. and reading anything that takes place in ancient times transports me back to school, which is never fun. But be sure to read the prologue because it is very important to the novel.
Felix is struggling with a terrible lost as he begins his freshman year of college with his best friend Allison. He has no idea about the trouble he is in for as it will be no ordinary freshman year. Felix discovers his roommate is a famous reality star, he joins the football team, begins having crazy dreams and may or maybe not be being stalked. But that’s not even the beginning.
The Faceman and the Ashfield Forest scenes were my favorite parts because they evoked the most emotion out of me, even though that emotion was terror. The creativity and fear of those elements made me want to keep reading to discover the truth and find answers.
The book contained so many characters and plot elements that it felt a little confusing and overwhelming at times. I didn’t feel like had time to truly connect with Felix’s group of friends nor fully I understand or trust the role of the groundskeeper. Overall, I think the book was far too dense and could have be made shorter. However, I understand this is the first book in the series and therefore had to contain critical background information to set up the context. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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