Summary- Fantastica is being consumed by a horrible monster called the nothing. The only thing that can save it is for a human child to give the child like empress a new name. Lucky for Fantastican that Bastion Balthazar Books is willing to take on the quest.
My rating- c-
Ok, I love the Neverending story movie. It is a true classic. I think this is one of the rare cases where the book is not as good as the movie adaptation.
The Neverending story really should have been two books in my opinion. There are really two stories. One story is about Atreyu and his quest to find a cure for the illness plaguing the child like empress. The other story is Bastions time in Fantastica. I had a really hard time switching gears from Atreyu’s story to Bastions. Also, once Bastion got to Fantastica I thought the book got really slow. It felt less like a quest story and more like a tour of Fantastica.
I was really into the first half of the book but honestly almost didn’t finish because it got pretty boring to me.
I also wasn’t crazy about the end. Bastion tells his father all about Fantastica and his dad believes him. No questions. Nothing. There is also a book store owner who has also been to Fantastica so his acceptance I understood. But it isn’t said if Bastion’s father had been or knew about Fantastica one way or the other. If not then it seems strange he would just accept that his son was gone two days and fell into a book. I don’t think I would accept that.
If you are really into the fantasy genre and just love details and world building then you would probably enjoy this book. If you have a low tolerance for that without too much plot then just see the movie.