Lly work for meI have to say when I finished it a few minutes ago I just wanted to recommend it to everyone I know It was very fun I hate to do it but I m going to have to call this book a complete failure I was with the story until the plane trip that landed the kids in Falling Bird
AT THAT POINT THE STORY BOUNCED AROUND SO MUCH that point the story bounced around so much it was impossible to follow and enjoy I think it was possible to craft a story in this world that did not feel so disjointed but for whatever reason Choldenko chose to leave that reader in complete darkness and just when ou started to follow a thread she would
SWITCH TO ONE OF THE OTHERto one of the other and jump forward so much that The Piper in the Wind you always felt likeou were missing pages from the book The ending did give me chills but I believe she had this idea in her head with a great ending and was just in too big of a rush to get there that she left everyone else behind I really admire Gennifer Choldenko for trying to try out new genres She s a terrific writer but I don t think this matches her other recent stuffThis book didn t work for me More importantly it didn t work for for my 12 ear old who couldn t even finish itI d rather have read a story about the 3 kids moving to Colorado and trying to adapt to their new circumstances than this Heaven Can Wait sort of stuff especially since it was choppy and confusing India Finn and Mouse whose mother has just lost their house to the bank are traveling alone to go live with their uncle in Colorado To their surprise the airport where they land is strangely empty and a feathered taxi takes them to THE MYSTERIOUSLY WELCOMING CITY OF FALLING mysteriously welcoming city of Falling where they are treated like royaltyat firstI just didn t get this book It had overtones of The Giver and Wrinkle In Time and Wizard of Oz but for me it just didn t coalesce I think it s because things were either never really explained or I didn t get the explanation In The Giver the world was explained enough to make sense In Wrinkle In Time they went into another world that really existed in the world of the book Ditto Wizard of Oz In this book ou just don t know if Falling Bird was real or not and that bugged me Maybe the author wanted to leave it ambiguous the city was just there to teach the kids a lesson after all but I just wanted to know at least enough to form my own conclusions I also thought the teen girl was a completely unsympathetic character I don t care that maybe her behavior and attitudes were teen appropriate I just wanted to slap her most of the time and hoped she d get left behind I wanted the author to pull a Susan on her think Narnia Three siblings India Finn and Mouse are put on a plane to stay with an uncle in Colorado Abruptly the plane lands and the three arrive in a strange and mysterious place Where are they And how can they return homeNo Passengers Beyond This Point is an odd adventure of a book where the kids meet uirky characters in a place that seems like a paradisebut is it And what happens when everything changes The ARC I read apparently had several pages missing Strangely this did not seem to impact the overall uality of this fantasy novel which read like an everything but the kitchen sink fever dream crammed with random details that neither advanced nor enhanced the plot I have a feeling this is going to be one of those love it or hate it novels and the coming months will see its ardent fans pushing for this to win the Newbery those who liked Horvath s EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE Potter s THE KNEEBONE BOY or Grey s FALCON S EGG and while a few of us detractors will be standing on the sidelines sputtering Butbutbut. Or understand Only if they work together can they call the driver back to help get them where they really belong Suspenseful funny dramatic and thought provoking this is a book that will stay with Prey you long afterou read the incredible endi. Ank will be taking it The children beautiful and self centred India 14 responsible worrisome Finn 12 and genius Aspie child Mouse 6 must fly out the next night to Denver Colorado to begin living with Uncle Red Their mother will finish the school ear in California with her grade 6 class hoping she will get a recommendation towards a new teaching position However will get a recommendation towards a new teaching position However plane flight ends abruptly and the children find themselves picked up not by Uncle Red but by Chuck a child taxi driver impersonating an adult They are taken to the city of Falling Bird rather than Fort Baker where Uncle Red lives Initially Falling Bird is the land of wish fulfillment
All Of The Siblings Are Given Theirof the siblings are given their dream houses dream foods dream experiences and dream parent substitutes but the dreams end as abruptly as the plane flight did The children fall from a great height each in his or her own way and begin a race against time in this bizarre rule bound city with its walls tunnels silver rooms and its sky blue uniformed men and women The oung taxi driver has told the kids that their lives somehow depend putting three wooden puzzle pieces together finding a tunnel dog and recovering a black boxI have to say I was wondering how the author was going to translate the dream logic and tie up the story When she did it made perfect sense of course However this two hour reading journey with its apparently disconnected happenings strange gadgets and rides in trams carts and segways just felt too long In real life unless one is a Jungian analyst perhaps people s eyes tend to glaze over when another person recounts the intricate details of last night s dream The dreamlike seuences that fill approximately 23 of this book provided a comparative reading challengeSadly the bulk of the tale focuses on India the superficial and unpleasant eldest child It makes sense of course because she is the one who most needs to grow Unfortunately being with her so much of the time was not particularly enjoyableCholdenko most definitely can write but all the odd bits and pieces did not seem to fit together enough to make an understandable or logical at least in places narrative The resolution made sense of most of the earlier experiences and even cast them in a deeper philosophical light Much patience is reuired in reading this challenging text and I personally would have appreciated being thrown a bone or two along the wayI admire what the author was trying to do or at least what I think she was trying to do provide us with a sort of metaphysical soul rendering of a physical experience but in the end I don t think it uite worked Young readers may surprise me by liking this story but may gut feeling is that many simply won t stick with it long enough to find out what was really going on I am totally blown away by this book at this moment I just read it straight through However I think after it s sat with me a bit I might not like it uite as much I knowweird right Well sometimes books get me emotionally and I totally LOVE them right when I finish but after thinking about it with my writer brain instead of my reader brain I start finding things that maybe didn t work so well for me after all I am afraid that will happen here But for now I love it And if ou re a kid and not a writer I think it s probably pretty good The main problem I have with it even right now is the changing narrator It s too confusing I think it either should ve been in third person or the boy s pov The plot would ve had to change to be told in first person from one POV though so I understand why the author chose this Stillit doesn t rea. Us driver meets them at the airport; when he drops them off at their destination each kid suddenly has a clock with a different amount of time left If the time runs out they have to become permanent citizens in a place they don't recognize. While the ending seemed a little short and there were uite a few umaswered uestions this book was a fascinating read and a good discussion starter for tween readers It is the kind of book ou want to go back and reread once ou know the ending You have to wait for good things to happen wait and wait and work so hard but bad things occur out of the blue like fire alarms triggered in the dead of night blaring randomly a shock of sound a chatter of current from which there is no turning backThe three Tompkins siblings dramatic charmer India level
headed worrier Finn and peculiarly clever Mouse are unhappy passengers on a flightworrier Finn and peculiarly clever Mouse are unhappy passengers on a flight for Colorado Back home in California their mother has just told them that their house is about to be repossessed and they will be living with their Uncle Red while Mom stays behind to tie up loose ends India is furious about having to leave her best friend behind Finn is concerned about how their family will move forward Mouse is confused by the whole situation but her invisible friend Bing is always there to reassure her Even when the plane lands in a place called Falling Bird where they are welcomed warmly and e When three siblings get on a plane to go live with their Uncle Red they are whisked away to a mysterious land of Falling Bird where they must choose to become citizens or remain passengers and try to return home The temptations are many and the siblings have to deal with their grief over leaving their old home and decide if they truly are willing to step into a new adventure with their Uncle Red Each of the children deals with their turmoil in a different way and they make emotional choices in the face of dangerThe plot is all over the place and there are a lot of things that are left unexplained When the children first arrive in Falling Bird they are each given their dream home complete with all their favorite foods games and even a parental figure who plays with them and understands them perfectly Then the dream home is taken away from them and they are told that it is necessary for the next part of their journey But it is never explained why that was necessary or what #part it really played in the plot why #it really played in the plot Why the children to stay in Falling Bird as citizens and then take away the dream home and still expect them to stay It was just badly explained or something Didn t make sense to me There were a LOT of things like that which did not make sense or didn t fit in with the rest of the storyI really liked the interactions between the siblings They are always arguing and they each have their own weird uirksThe writing is good the dialogue is hilarious and sharp but I just can t get past how disjointed the plot was And then the ending was so disgustingly pathetic One of those it was all a dream deals and I HATE thoseIt also has a rotating POV between the three children and I HATE changing POVs UrghAnother thing that bothered me is that the
children are all still dealing with the grief of losing their father in a car accident six earsare all still dealing with the grief of losing their father in a car accident six ears This issue is addressed several times and we see the kids acting badly because of their heightened emotions being kind to each other because their dad would have been and talking about him and how much they miss him but then the issue is never resolved It s just left out there with this horrible grief and they never come to a good conclusion or a little life lesson to help them So many things unresolved This odd winding and dreamlike story concerns the three Tompkins kids Their single mother who has been financially struggling to keep their California house announces that the Siblings India Finn and Mouse are stunned when their mom tells them they are flying that night without her to their Uncle Red's home in Colorado But things take an even dramatic turn when their plane lands in a very unusual place A mysterio.