Beck is a fifteen year old boy when his mother dies and he is sent off to live with his rich uncle in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, on the top of a mountain. Not only is his new home a little strange, but his uncle never leaves the top floor, and in the huge manor he now lives in there is almost no furniture and only four servants left. Plus, in the large back yard, where Beck has been forbidden to go (but how often do teenagers ever listen to what they’re told?) there is a completely walled-in conservatory with eight dragons eggs in it.
I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. For the most part, I enjoyed Pillage. It wasn’t a completely original story, but it wasn’t just a total rehash of the same old story. There was action and adventure, fantasy and danger, twists and turns, and young teens would definitely enjoy this.
This book moved really quickly, even from the beginning. In fact, the last third of the book moved way too quickly. It felt like things were over way so suddenly, when it could have had a bit more action in it to draw it out a bit more. I wish that there had been a few more chapters to it. As soon as Beck figured out why he was at the manor, as soon as the dragons hatched from their eggs, the book was practically over. I would’ve liked a little bit more time with the dragons. There could have been so much more.
It also moved too quickly to be realistic in some parts as far as character development goes. Beck had been living with a woman he believed to be his mother for his whole life, and when he finds out not only that she wasn’t her mother, but also who his real father is, he just accepts it like it’s something you would learn every day. It seemed completely unrealistic. You’d think anyone would get angry that their “mother” lied to them all their lives, that their father wasn’t in their life for the past 15 years, but the kid just seemed totally cool with it. What’s up with that? I mean, I’ve never been through that situation myself, but it seemed rather callous.
That said, other than my two problems with the story, I quite enjoyed it. Didn’t take me long to read at all, some of the supporting characters were lovely, and the setting was imagination-inspiring. It makes my list of one of the places in a book I would love to visit.