The book was about a rebellious teenager, Dylan, who was caught taking a stolen car for a spin. To finally put some sense into him, his mother sent him to visit his Uncle Todd, an ex-Marine. However, his uncle’s plans weren’t just to knock some sense into him, but rather to find a plane halfway across the world. Dylan’s grandfather’s old military plane, Second Ace, crashed somewhere in the dangerous jungles of Papua New Guinea, where a single step off the path could get you killed.
I thought that the book accurately portrayed the frustrations of a teenager. The characters were also well-developed, and the reasoning behind what they did was obvious. One thing I didn’t like was that the prologue spoiled the whole book. If there was no prologue, the twist would have taken me more by surprise, and made the book more interesting.
One memorable things was the growing bond between Dylan and his Uncle Todd. At first they hated each other, but as they got to know each other’s interests about how the other operated, they became much closer.
Review by Satya, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library