This book is so good! The plot line is completely original, and so is the idea the book revolves around: certain people can create Chalklings, two-dimensional figures that come to life. This book gets 8.5 pens, and it would’ve gotten nine, but for some problems I had with the book.
More than anything else, Joel, the main character, wants to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are chosen by “the Master” in a mysterious inception ceremony, and they are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalkings–evil creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings are now a threat to all of the American Isles. (There’s the problem, right there–I didn’t really get the setting. Is it a whole ‘nother world? Is it the same world we live in? That’s like saying, “We might be in America, we might be in the middle of the ocean, and we might not even be on Earth. If you wanted to know.”)
As the son of a late and low-class chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that Joel would do anything to be able to do. The students don’t realize that they have something others may covet. Suddenly students start disappearing. They’re kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood.
Assigned to help the professor investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend, Melody, who is plunged into the mystery with him, find themselves on the trail of a new and unexpected discovery that which change Rithmatics–and their world–forever.
So like I said, not enough details on WHERE… But other than that, a great book! Hope you like!