Book Review: Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues

Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues (Book I)Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues by Dewey B. Reynolds
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Stuart suffered a horrible injustice, a prank pulled by eight of his so-called friends. He vowed to get back at them, whatever it takes, and apparently the Universe agrees. Armed with preternatural powers to control animals and elements, Stuart takes on revenge and social justice with his new found powers, and travels the country on his quest.

As I read this I could feel the author was trying to tackle a difficult subject - injustice and vengeance.The plot will resonate with anyone who has ever been bullied, as the main character, Stuart, has a cruel prank pulled on him right before college graduation, and is rewarded with phenomenal cosmic powers in order to teach the bullies a lesson and right a lot of other wrongs along the way. Unfortunately, the writing really distracts from the overall message, as nearly all the sentences are structured in the passive voice, and there are some really repetitive aspects to the story, such as always describing the architecture or cars, harping on the fact that Stuart is rich and Jewish, and scripting for the powers conferred on animals. It was so juvenile that I wasn’t even sure it would appeal to the YA audience I think it targets. I love seeing bullies crawl on their hands and knees to apologize as much as the next angsty teen, but the writing left me painfully unconvinced.

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