The DoppleGanger Chronicles: The First Escape

Leah Courtney
The First Escape (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles)

The DoppleGanger Chronicles is a new series by British author G.P. Taylor.  The novels are a combination of regular print and graphic novel.  I chose to review this first book in the series to see if I thought Charles (my 10 year old) might like the series. 

Bold and encouraging praise graces the book's back cover stating that this author is "the new C.S. Lewis" and the books are "hotter than Potter".  I must say that I find myself disagreeing with both sentiments.

Sadie and Saskia Dopple are identical twins housed at Isambard Dunstan's School for Wayward Children.  They are trouble makers of the highest sort.  When Saskia is "adopted" by one of the school's famous patron's, the girls are separated for the first time.  It is up to Sadie and Erik, a former thief, to find Saskia and solve a mystery.

I thought the book was very dark and violent to be a juvenile fiction novel.  The graphic novel/real book mix was quite distracting for me; although the juvenile set the books were written for may appreciate the style.  The book is billed as a Christian read and published by Tyndale, but it was hard to find anything remotely Christian- from the violence and mayhem, to the disagreeable and disobedient children, to the portrayal of the majority of the adults and monsters and villains, to the overt references to seances and more discreet references to demons.  The only vaguely Christian reference was to a mysterious "Companion" which may be a reference to the Holy Spirit (we're never really told for sure) and a reference to what may or may not be an angel.

I tend to be much more cautionary when it comes to recommending children's books; and this is one I won't be passing on to my children.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for review purposes.  All opinions here are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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