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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
Rob Tucker’s The Gotten is about a peculiar young girl named Astrid Sims. Young girls her age would normally have sleepovers, make friendship bracelets for their friends or talk about crushes, but not Astrid. Astrid acts mature for her age so her classmates find her weird, but Astrid is not just a normal young girl. Her true identity is Skuld, the weaver of the future from the ancient Norse myth. She is trying to escape her long-time pursuers, Ivor and Inge Borg, who are desperately doing what they can to catch her because without Astrid they cannot continue spinning the threads of life to decide the fates of all humans. Astrid’s only friends in school are Eddie, Clement, Ray, and Steven and to protect them from those after her, she sends the boys into the future through a mysterious doorbell. The sudden disappearance of the boys causes a commotion, their families are worried and only wish for their sons to return home. Will Astrid be able to bring the boys back home safely? How will their unexpected time travel affect their future?
The Gotten is an amazing, engaging, and well-written fantasy novel that delivers valuable lessons like how every decision you make has a significant effect on the future you will have - that is why it is important to be careful with your actions. Rob Tucker has created an imagination-driven plot with distinctive characters that serve as a foundation and it truly stood out in my mind. For example, Ray’s character is especially dear to me because he was nice and showed respect to Astrid, despite her strange ideas. Clement was also a polite child who set a good example for youngsters. We can learn from these characters who must go through a lot to get home. Another thing is that the ending of the story surprised me. Then again, this book has shown me right from the start that your future may not always be what you expect it to be, so I should have expected the unexpected from this book too. Truly, The Gotten has a unique concept with quirky characters and a unique setting that keeps the story alive and kicking right to the very end. Great job!