Imagine another world, where one correspondent in one world is linked to another person on Earth. That's where the author of “The Other Normals” comes in.
Imagine another world, where one correspondent in one world is linked to another person on Earth. That's where the author of “The Other Normals” comes in. Ned Vizzini has written an inspiring, emotional, and entertaining book that starts from one such beginning and ends unexpectedly different. The story is written and shows the perspective of a 15 year old named Peregrine (Perry) Etcher. Perry is a small and lonely boy who is obsessed with Creatures & Caverns, (C&C). C&C is a mythical game that gives challenges to face and bases the strength, speed, and wit for your character. When Perry goes to a C&C store, he gets a strange feeling he is being watched.
When Perry's divorced parents fear for their second son in his lack of social interaction, they send him to Camp Washika Lake. His first day starts off to a rough start when he gets in a fight and gets sent to the Nurse. There, he has the same feeling of being watched and meets a creature similar from the game, C&C. The creature introduces himself as Mortin Enaw and leads Perry in the forest to travel through a negative lead to the world of The Other Normals.
Perry is forced to learn new secrets as they slowly unfold in the world – and in the book. Perry must survive through all of the new challenges he faces being a “human” traveler through the world of the other normals. Being playing Creatures & Caverns seems to have prepared him mentally – but the biggest challenge still faces him. The princess of the world of the other normals has been supposedly captured by the most dangerous monster, Ophisa. Ophisa can look into the deepest desire of a human and blind you with the acid dripping from his eyes.
With the help of his new friends, Mortin Enaw, Leiden Enaw, and Ada Ember, the crew begins their mission to free the princess.
This book is a great read for ages 13 and over due to mild violence and young adult content. The author has used many descriptive words and imagination that urges the reader to keep reading. Overall, teens will enjoy this easy-to-read thriller in 387 pages.