Tunnels, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, is a uniqe and fascinating fantasy for youth. Months ago, I heard that someone was predicting that Tunnels would be the “next big thing” following the Harry Potter craze. While I enjoyed the book immensely, I doubt that it will even enter the same stratosphere that Harry Potter did.
Young Will Burrows loves accompanying his father on digs and finding antique treasures of any value. But when Will’s father disappears one night, Will suspects that he was working on something alone. Worried and curious as to where his father ended up, Will soon enlists his best friend Chester to help him find his father, who he suspects has discovered old tunnels beneath the city. But what Will discovers is beyond his imagination.
This was a highly entertaining and suspenseful young adult novel. Very dark (pun not intended), with mysterious characters, this story is full of mystery and surprises. Gordon and Williams have created a fascinating culture, though a bit creepy and disturbing. I’ll most likely follow this series as the sequels release in subsequent years. I’m really interested to see what else lies beneath ground.