BOOK REVIEW: CHAIN MAIL
Four teenagers are drawn together by what appears to be a game - or is it? Each of the four teenagers seems to have some kind of problem of their own. One of them is Swako. Swako just couldn't understand why people liked to babble on and hear the sound of their own voices. She just wished they would look in the mirror. Swako attended Kioi Academy, a private school for girls that included a junior/senior high school. This school had an outstanding reputation for getting students into excellent colleges. The one good thing is that it did not require school uniforms and did it have a dress code.
Swako looked at her cell phone and noticed that she had an email message. This was rare because she did not use the Internet very often and rarely give out her email address. The message stated "Swako - would you like to create a fictional world?" The message was from someone name Yukari. The message went on to state that Yukari was a girl at a private junior high school and that she was sick of many things. Yukari then went on to explain how they would create a fictional story.
In the end this would not be a role-playing game - it would be a book written by four people. There would be four characters in the play - the heroine, her tutor/boyfriend, the woman detective who pursues the stalker and the stalker. Yukari picked the part of the stalker. Now it was up to Swako to pick her part. She chose the heroine.
Swako then emailed Mayumi and asked her the same question - would she like to create a fictional world?
The last of the four players is Mai. Mai was also sick of a lot of things and agreed with what Yukari had to say.
After the four players each picked their role it was up to each character to a part of the story from their own point of view. As time goes on the role-playing became very significant because it was to the point where it was hard to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. What happens to these four teenagers?
The thing that makes this book very interesting is the way these four teenagers were drawn together. This book is written for a teen audience but I found the plot very interesting to read. The story keeps the reader in suspense as to what each person will come up with in their part of the story. The author does an excellent job of weaving the story of the teenagers together in a smooth fashion that will make readers wonder what will happen next. Teenagers who are looking for a book that is suspenseful and loaded with adventure will enjoy this very entertaining read.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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