Summary: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson is an exciting, page turning addition to the previous collection of Kingdom Keeper books, the 5th book in the series. Kingdom Keepers is about a group of kids who at night turn into holograms (called DHI’s) to protect Disney. The Kingdom Keepers are under siege from the Overtakers (a group of Walt Disney’s most evil and diabolical villains who are determined to take over Disney). The Kingdom Keepers, barley able to force back the enemy, now have a new problem. A Disney cruise ship The Dream is being launched and the five Kingdom Keepers, high school students Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Philby, and Willa, are onboard because villains have infiltrated the cast and crew of the ship. They must work together to try to stop the villains on the ship, despite the threat that their Base back at home is under attack and about to fall. The Overtakers seem more powerful than ever before, so Finn and his friends have their work cut out for them. If they fail, the Overtakers will control Disney and eventually take over the world.
Review: For me, this book was phenomenal. I liked the growing tensions between the friends; it made the book feel more realistic with the feuds between Philby and Finn regarding who was the better leader. Another thing I liked was the overwhelming number of enemies facing the Kingdom Keepers. It seems like in this book the only ally they have on the ship is a mysterious girl called Storey Ming who could be a spy for the OT’s (Overtakers). One last thing I liked was the uncertainty of where the Overtakers would be. In the book there are two main places the Overtakers attack: Disney World and the cruise ship. Not knowing where they’ll strike next created a sense of mystery and suspense which kept me turning the pages.
While I did like a majority of things in the book, there were a few things that I didn’t like. Although it didn’t affect me, all the confusing elements such as DHI’s make it hard to pick up on the story if you haven’t read the other books. One other thing that I didn’t like was that DHI’s are mainly for defense. This is kind of a problem when you’re in a war against villains that can cast spells and throw fireballs.
Other than some little nit-picky details, I thought the book was great. I would recommend it to any fan of Disney and any fan of adventure-type novels. I hope you pick up Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game, if not the entire series, and read it for yourself.