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Book Review: Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit by David Speight

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Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit by David Speight is the story of Aedon, a young, un-honored prince of Atlantis. At the educatory (a school of Atlantis), Aedon meets Faeraud, a young prince driven by a hunger for power and rank. Aedon and Faeraud create an alliance between themselves so that they can attain certain status on leaving the educatory. Aedon must pass many challenges if he is to meet his goal of being recognized as a true prince and having a family he can turn to in times of need. Can Aedon find a truly happy life in a world run by greed, corruption, and selfishness?

Aedon had never been fully acknowledged as a prince of Atlantis. Instead, he was invisible, just another person on the streets of any city. That was about to change. His genetikos-replica was about to occur. Soon he would be recognized as the true prince of Atlantis he had always known himself to be. Will Aedon’s genetikos-replica prove him to be a prince of Atlantis, or will it confirm everyone’s previous suspicions?

When the ruling prince of Atlantis falls gravely ill and is dying, Aedon must find fruit from the Foreverlasting Tree to heal him. He, two friends, an orangutan and a duck, set forth on a perilous quest towards a dangerous unknown to find the fruit. After passing dangers such as a pit of deadly pythons and a group of skilled soldiers set on finding the fruit for themselves, Aedon and his traveling companions finally arrive at the lake where the fruit is held. Can Aedon and his friends get the fruit before it is too late?

Overall Atlantis: Bearer of Fruit was entertaining, a fun read, and I would recommend this book to people who like adventure. However, at times it seemed as if the author was trying to have too many individual plot lines running at once and it was a bit time-consuming because of so many pages.

Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader Views Kids

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