Book: The Forever Man (WARP, Book 3)

"The Forever Man"

Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, has achieved his dream of becoming a renowned magician, the Great Savano. He owes much of his success to Chevie, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent who traveled from the future in a time pod and helped him defeat his murderous master, Albert Garrick. But it is difficult for Riley to enjoy his new life, for he has always believed that Garrick will someday, somehow, return.

Chevie has assured Riley that Garrick was sucked into a temporal wormhole, never to emerge. The full nature of the wormhole has never been understood, however, and just as a human body will reject an unsuitable transplant, the wormhole eventually spits Garrick out. By the time Garrick makes it back to Victorian London, he has been planning his revenge on Riley for centuries. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, as the three discover when they are tossed once more into the wormhole and spill out in a Puritan village.

Featuring remarkable heroes, an epic villain, and monstrous mutations, The Forever Man is another high-octane adventure from the impressive imagination behind teh internationally best-selling Artemis Fowl series.

What started out with a bang ended in a sputter. Eoin Colfer’s WARP series fails to deliver an explosive finale as the action becomes one-sided when his strong, independent female protagonist turns into a damsel-in-distress.

No, it’s not that I don’t like damsels-in-distresses. Some characters were built that way. But our heroine, Chevie, was never one. And turning her into one on the last book of your series, where the rest of the characters are too-smart-for-the-time male protagonists–it’s kind of annoying that our only female lead becomes a mewling victim.

It would’ve been fine though had there been other things to like in the book, but there isn’t. The characters we’ve met before haven’t developed, while the new ones feel too smart-alecky. And the worst part? The villain that was built up to be very formidable in the first book becomes kind of a joke in this final installment.

I know the WARP series is never going to become a classic, and that it’s written for a younger set of readers–that I’m not part of its target market. But Artemis Fowl was also written for those readers and I didn’t have a problem with that series. Heck, the first book of WARP, while kind of formulaic, was still a fun adventure. So I don’t get why The Forever Man fails to live up to expectations. Especially since I wasn’t expecting much.

This is not a book I would recommend.

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