Author: John Biggs
Page Count/Review Word Count: 209
John Biggs is probably best-known for the work that he does at TechCrunch – he’s a technology journalist by day, a family man by night and an author in those rare moments in between. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mytro, his first work of fiction, because he’s so well-known for writing non-fiction – it turns out that I needn’t have worried.
In a nutshell, the story follows a young New Yorker called Turtle and his new friend Agata, as they explore the Mytro whilst simultaneously trying to escape the forces of evil. The Mytro is a mysterious underground train system, one that can take you from one part of the world to another in seconds but that comes with its own set of risks, including guardians called the Nayzun and the possibility that you might disappear on the tracks, never to be found again.
There are a few minor typos here and there, but that’s to be expected when a book is published independently – it has huge potential and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series. An excellent read for kids and adults alike, and one I recommend.