Published September 12th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
I love Katherine Rundell. She is an auto-buy author for me. No questions asked. I have loved her books with every fiber of my being.
That being said, I was so excited to get my hands on The Explorer when it was new as I had discovered Rundell first through The Wolf Wilder. First things first, here is what the story is about.
Four children, Fred, Con, Lila and Max end up in the Amazon jungle after their plane crashes on its way to England. They learn to work together to survive with the help of a mysterious man they find after happening upon a map to a ruined city.
I love survival stories, but this one didn’t do it for me. For an author like Katherine Rundell, having characters with such little depth put me off because I was expecting more from her. Thank God, The Explorer showed up with his Captain Jack Sparrow like wit otherwise I would have fallen asleep. Don’t get me wrong, I was entertained as well as a bunch of kids eating bugs in a jungle can be entertained, but it lacked the warmth and the emotion that her other books have. I think I read this without reading her other novels, I would have loved it more.
Katherine, you are still an auto-buy author for me. The Wolf Wilder is still one of my favorite books of all time. I still do look forward to your next project.