Review: WORLD’S END by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

World's End 
Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
496 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: November 15th, 2010
Source: Harcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Ever since returning from Dormia, Alfonso has enjoyed sleeping in a bed like a normal person. No more waking up at the top of a tree or the edge of a cliff. In fact, no sleepwalking at all. But then, while visiting France on a class trip, Alfonso feels that strange and familiar pull of sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in the belly of a ship headed to Egypt. In his backpack are a few old books and a vial of medicine he stole while asleep. Something is calling Alfonso back to Dormia. Perhaps it’s the Founding Tree? Or perhaps it’s the man he sees in his dreams – the one who looks just like his deceased father? Whatever it is, Alfonso is powerless to resist.

Storytellers Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski take Alfonso on another fantastical quest to Dormia and beyond, to a vast underground world that holds the answer to a terrifying message: Let me tell you of a dark shadow tree and the world’s end.

   It has been 3 years since Alfonso left Dormia and, now The Founding Tree, which Alfonso has a strong connection to, is beckoning him back. But in the mean time, Alfonso is in France, and Dormia is all the way in the Ural Mountains. Plus Alfonso hasn’t been sleep walking lately, which is the only way to enter Dormia.

    But that all changes when Alfonso wakes up and finds himself on a ship headed to Egypt. But isn’t Dormia calling him? So why go to Egypt? Strange things have been happening, Alfonso now sees his supposed-to-be-dead father, Leif Perplexon, in the Blue Sphere, one of the weapons every Great Sleeper has. So is there still hope that Leif Perplexon is alive? Find out in this magical, breath-taking book.

   I loved this book as much as the first one. I never wanted it to end and at the same time I couldn’t wait to finish it. My favorite character is Bilblox, because he is a very loyal friend, and I don’t want him to turn into a bad guy. I can’t wait for authors, Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, to finish the 3rd book for Dormia: The Shadow Tree. Thumbs up on blind Bilblox, because I feel like I’m also blind in the story, so Alfonso does a really good job on describing. The ending is a cliff-hanger, and happens way too fast, and left me wondering what will happen to Hill, Resuza, Bilblox, and Alfonso.

    All in all, if you loved Dormia, World’s End is a must read sequel. If you haven’t started the Dormia series, now is the time to begin your adventure.

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This review was written by my 11 year old sister , Asma! :)


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Lauren M

    November 8, 2011

    I think I'll recommend this to my younger cousin–she loves adventure type stories and she's about Asma's age. Thanks for the review, Asma! :)

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    November 8, 2011

    This seems like such a fun adventure series, and I really like what you said about Bilblox being blind and how that adds to the story because the descriptions are so much richer as a result. Well done Asma!

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    November 8, 2011

    I love fantasies. I may have to look into it…

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    Mimi Valentine

    November 8, 2011

    Aww, this is a LOVED book? *adds to TBR pile* I just love how adventurous and it all sounds and that it has to do with sailing because I've always wanted to be a pirate growing up! x)

    Awesome review, Asma! I'm definitely going to pick up the first book soon — thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    November 8, 2011

    Oh this sounds like a great adventure! I'll have to check into getting the first one!

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    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    November 9, 2011

    It's always nice when a sequel lives up to its predecessor! What a great review of a fun adventure book, Asma :)

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    November 11, 2011

    Oh, this sounds like such a good book for my 14 year old son!! I really enjoyed your review, Asma:) Thanks for helping me to pick out a book for him!
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