Book Review: The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

October 29, 2012 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

“I’ve heard of adrenaline but all I knew about it was the sweep of a good book or movie or roller coaster. Now I understand: real adrenaline is insanity juice.”

Perry’s obsession with role-playing game Creatures & Caverns (or C&C) is starting to worry his parents, who don’t like his obsession with a fantasy game. So, Perry’s sent to summer camp, where his C&C books are confiscated, he’s in a fight on the first day, and the one guy he knows at camp acts like they’ve never even met.

C&C is so real to Perry that when he sees a red-skinned, yellow-haired guy with a tail running into the woods near his camp, he immediately knows what it is: a ferrule, one of the creatures from the game. Perry follows it, and the next thing he knows, he’s being transported into another universe, to the World of the Other Normals, where he must go on a quest to save an imprisoned princess, and hopefully, save both his worlds.

My Review: This is a fantasy adventure that’s a super quick read, with great characters, a crazy quest, and an epic final battle as two worlds collide. Perry has to face a half-octopus police officer, cannibal half-men with dog heads, and a gigantic bug-like creature out to destroy the World of the Other Normals.

This is the type of book where you’ve just got to go along with whatever happens. Perry’s actions in the World of the Other Normals affect what happens in our world, so anything can happen between trips. I read a lot of books to review and it was nice to read one that wasn’t dire and didn’t start with a global disaster, but was just crazy (in a good way!) and fun to read. If you’re a gamer, you’ll love this book, but even if you’re not, just check it out and enjoy the ride.

Katie

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