Friday, October 25, 2013

Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix Review

"Jonah thought that after his last adventure in 1903, he and his sister Katherine would have a break from time travel for a while. For the first time, he’s willing to look into his own identity in the past, and he thinks this is his chance.

But he barely has time for a single Google search before he, Katherine, and their friend Chip are tricked and zapped back to 1918--and to the house where the Romanov family was imprisoned after the Russian Revolution. Trapped without a fully working Elucidator, the three kids still hope they can escape and save the lives of Anastasia and Alexei Romanov.

But is it possible to change time that much when modern-day scientists have identified the entire Romanov family’s remains?"

Yes, yes, yes, yes! It's Risked, the sixth book in this woefully long series. (And we still don't know the true identity of Jonah!) 

My guesses for the true identity of Jonah Skidmore: Grant Ellis Beaumont of the Missing Beaumont Children, Peter Winston who is a chess prodigy, Etan Patz who is the first child on the milk carton, Martin Allen who was last seen in the company of a male who may look similar to Hodge, Michael Rockefeller (23, may be too old, but he's damn famous and a member of the rich Rockefeller family), Everett Ruess (20, but he's an artist who draws a lot and apparently gifted), Joe Pichler (18) who is a child actor, and Jacob Wetterling who was kidnapped. Wow, that's a lot of people. To tell you the truth, I have no idea who is Jonah, but Peter, Etan, Joe, and Michael are probably the best bet. 

Now, on to the book. Risked is an amazing book, I'll admit, but it's a slower and not-so-exciting book compared to the last one. In Caught, we see JB's true line or should I say, Tate Einstein's true line? In Risked, we meet Hodge and his BFF in crime again. They're wonderful together, and all of that is great, but I really want to know the true name of Jonah Skidmore. Risked is not exciting or fun enough, despite the gunfire and taste of danger that exist in this book. 

The addicting writing and the perfect amount of intrigue is just enough to keep the readers reading. Unfortunately, it is also enough to dreadfully and continuously tortured us for another year. Thankfully, the next book is named "Revealed" so we might have a taste of whom Jonah really was. For my guessing list, look at the second reviewing paragraph (not the synopsis) of this review. 

The profile of Jonah: As revealed in the first book, all these missing children are someone famous or well-known in history, as said by Hodge or the other guy whose name I can't remember. There was a minor princess of China. There's the Romanov children. Henry Hudson's own son. Albert Einstein's daughter. King Edward and his brother Prince Richard of England. Virginia Dare from The Lost Colony. These are only a few examples I recall. Jonah's most likely existed somewhere after 1918, if you haven't notice that the book always move forward in time. Jonah's missing (duh) in history. 

Okay, I'm pretty obsessed with Jonah, because I really want to know who he is. (If you want to know about characters, let me just say that some characters will be returnings while others will make their first appearances. Don't be surprised when Jonah gets all antsy and disappointed). 

Rating: Three out of Five

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