My family and I are huge Disney fans, almost to the point of being fanatical. So when I saw this book about a group of kids that get trapped in Magic Kingdom after dark and end up battling the Disney villains, I began to get very excited. The excitement, however, would be short-lived.
This book is about a group of kids that are recruited by Disney World to become holographic tour guides for guests during the day. The problem is when they go to sleep at night, they wake up as their holographs inside of Magic Kingdom. Try to stay with me here during this convoluted, makes-no-sense plot. They meet Wayne, an old Imagineer who tells them of the group known as the Overtakers - Disney villains who are trying to break free from the Magic Kingdom to take over the world. They journey night after night to try to find ways to stop them and end up battling the puppets from It's A Small World, the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean, and other animatronics that have come to life to stop them. Ultimately, their goal is Maleficent and the rest of the Overtakers.
What could have been a neat little story has been ruined by horrific, and I mean shamefully bad, writing. Pearson should really just stop. But he doesn't. In fact, he just released the NINTH! book in this series. The main issue I have with these books isn't the pathetic writing ability, it's the fact that every kid in this entire group is apparently a Mensa-capable braniac that can figure puzzles in just 2 sentences or less (and not to mention the computer geek of the group can outprogram every one of Disney's IT employees and probably everyone at Microsoft too).
But just like a giant cheeseburger that starts off good but half-way through you start to feel guilty but then you find yourself a week later eating it again, so too have I gone through this cycle with 8 of the books. And it seems that after the fourth book, the books get longer and even more far-fetched and terrible.
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