The Adventures of Jason Lex #1
Published by Camashea Press on February 26, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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After his mom disappears, Jason Lex and his family move to a small town where he has no friends, no fun, no life. Things get worse when he’s chased by weird flying creatures that only he can see---Jason thinks he’s losing it.
But when Jason discovers new information about his family, he’s stunned to learn that creatures like Skyfish, Kappa, and the Mongolian Death Worm aren’t just stories on the Internet---they’re real and they live unseen alongside the human race. Many of these creatures naturally emit energy capable of incinerating humans. An invisible shield keeps these creatures hidden and protects the human race from their threatening force, but someone, or some thing, is trying to destroy it.
Unsure who he can trust, Jason is drawn into the fight to save the people closest to him, and he finds help in surprising places. Confronted with loss, uncertainty, and a devastating betrayal, Jason must make a gut-wrenching decision:
Who lives, and who dies.
The Rampart Guards basically made me realize that I’m definitely growing out of middle grade books and I should move on. This is an extremely scary thought, because what if I get tired of young adult books next?! That probably won’t happen for a good while, and I’ve yet to actually read an adult novel that isn’t from the cause of required reading.
The first book in the Chronicles of Jason Lex starts out extremely slow, but picks up pace as the story progresses. Jason’s mom suddenly goes missing, and Jason (along with his family) suddenly gets forced to move to a small town with their grandmother to get away from the painful memories of their mom. And to top it off, Jason sees weird blue electricity-like wisps coming out from his hands and eels in the sky later revealed as Skyfish. He’s also a little whiny at the beginning of the novel, but eventually drops it as he realizes, “Oh, hey. Cryptids are real. Someone is hoping to expose these creatures and kill millions in the process, and if I don’t get my act together, I might lose everything as well.”
Wendy Terrien’s debut novel is right up my alley in regards to concept – The Rampart Guards is about cryptozoology, the study of creatures that may or may not exist. It’s not everyday Big Foot, Loch Ness, and other creatures play a critical role in the plot of a novel, and it’s the primary reason why The Rampart Guards caught my eye the moment the book was pitched to me.
I adored learning about all kinds of different creatures I’ve never heard of until I read this book, and if I do decide to continue on with the series, learning more about the cryptids and how this entire world works is going to be one thing I’ll be extremely excited for.
Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, The Rampart Guards will be a fantastic read for younger audiences.