Title: Skullduggery Pleasant: Armageddon Outta Here
Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s
Since it’s a short-story collection (with two novellas), there’s no plot per se. Each story reveals a little bit more about Landy’s world and in some cases, shines a light on some of the questions raised in the novels (like how Valkyrie met Caelan), further enriching the series.
Same Landy-ian style of narration. It works so well in his books and it works particularly well for the short stories since he can focus on one character in each story.
It goes without saying that Landy’s imagination is wicked but I like how he ran character competitions for his fans so they could participate and feel apart of the world.
Quality of Writing:
Do I really need to inflate Landy’s ego by saying how well-written this is? No? Didn’t think so.
Great world-building and scenes and locations are described through dramatisations and witty remarks, avoiding lengthy chunks of scene-setting – a trap which many authors tend to fall into.
Landy creates a world that rival the dystopian worlds of The Hunger Games and Divergent and characters as memorable as those from iconic texts ranging from Harry Potter to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
NOW SKIP TO THE GOOD BIT…
- Great characterisation
- New and interesting characters
- High quality writing that makes you feel as though you could be watching a movie
- Short story form is easy to read and adds layers to the series
Books You May Also Like:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – for another story with a witty, anti-hero about magic and the good and bad within all of us
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – for more great world-building and a story packed full of humour and action
Skullduggery Pleasant novels – for more humour, action and insight into the Skullduggery world
The Maleficent Seven – for humour, action and a fresh story around one of Landy’s most loved characters