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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Locksmith's Closet (Locksmith Trilogy Book 1) by Paul Briggs is a young adult science fiction that takes friends Lachlan "Lock" Smith and Gary on a strange journey into an uninhabited world where humans are long extinct. They stumble through a portal into a new world that is a beautiful, dangerous jungle, full of deadly animals and wild creatures that haven't seen humans for years. Then Locksmith and Gary stumble upon an interesting discovery. The future can be changed. If they can determine what went wrong in the jungle, they can take steps to stop it from happening.
Gary wants to include Locksmith's family, but Locksmith wants to keep the portal to himself and not share with others, especially his family. But Locksmith doesn't know that his family has a dangerous enemy who wants the portal. He is willing to do anything to take Locksmith's house and keep the portal for himself. Locksmith must decide if he can trust his family and share his secret with them in order to keep their family house safe from their mysterious enemy.
This is a really fun, clever science fiction story that will appeal to younger, middle grade readers as well as young adult readers. The characters are charming, but not perfect. And their flaws make them really relatable. Readers will understand why Locksmith doesn't want to share the portal with his family, but will also root for him and his family as he ultimately decides who to trust.