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Not bad, just not his best
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2012
If this were by any author than Neal Shusterman, I might have given it a higher rating. It isn't that Dread Locks is a bad book: it's an imaginative re-telling of a jumble of fairy-tales, myths and legends and as always Mr Shusterman sucks the reader into his world with ease.
The problem? This is an amazing writer who has written amazing works (the Everlost series, Downsiders, Unwind) and I have come to expect that quality from him. So when I read something a little less-than, I'm more disappointed than I would have been if he had been just your run-of-the-mill YA story teller. Had I read this before his other works, I'd probably have given it 3-4 stars; as it is, I want to give it a 2 1/2 which isn't an option.
If you find this book, go ahead and read it. It's easy and fun. Then go get one of Shusterman's REAL books and see what he can really do.