Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

August 28, 2016

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians #1. Author: Brandon Sanderson.


A hero with an incredible talent…for breaking things. A life-or-death mission…to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network…the evil Librarians.

Alcatraz Smedry doesn’t seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them!…by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutzines
(Published summary.)

My Thoughts:

Alcatraz knows his life is ridiculous. But what can he do about it? Since the day his inheritance (a small bag of sand) showed up, things have just gotten weirder, and there’s no backing out now.
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians is quite a departure from Sanderson’s usual work, and the plot is clearly middle-grade.

But the story’s well-written, balancing on the fine line between amusing and just silly (at least I thought so) and the sarcastic, self-aware narrator is wonderful. A little like the narrator of The Name of this Book is Secret, he speaks directly to the audience in prologues, monologues, diversions, and epilogues. He’s fully aware of the absurdity of everything, but there’s nothing to be done about it; this is how the world is. He was the best part of the book for me.

Content Review:

Sexual content: None.

Language: 1 hell

Violence: Character accidentally sets fire to a kitchen. One character hits another in the face with a purse. Villain uses Torturer’s Lenses – by focusing on somebody with these glasses, you can make them feel intense pain. Oculator tries to use a laser lense, it fires backward and destroys his eye.


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