Explorer Academy: The Forbidden Island (Explorer Academy, #7)
by Trudi Trueit (Goodreads Author), Scott Plumbe (Illustrator)
In this final book of the series, Cruz and his friends are looking for the final piece of the puzzle that his mother left for him before she died. With time running out, the bad guys will take any risk to stop Cruz from finishing his quest. Dangers surround Cruz on every side, and someone close to him is feeding information to the enemy.
The conclusion to this series absolutely blew my mind! I had no idea what was coming, and was completely surprised. I loved the way the whole story came together for a satisfying conclusion. The adventure is fantastic, and it’s really interesting to learn about all the historic sites that the characters visit.
I just adore these characters! They each have some good development and I love their different personalities. Cruz is such an amazing main character. He surprises me in every book!
I really enjoyed the writing style, which has both some serious situations and some humor to keep things light. The pacing is excellent. The writing kept my attention and had me turning those pages.
Cruz and his friends travel to Antarctica where they go on a mission to observe a colony of penguins. They trek through the wilderness of Argentina looking for fossils, and we get to learn about archeology.
The artwork is a cool mixture of illustrations overlaid on top of real photographs, and it adds a wonderful dimension and depth to the story. I loved seeing the characters brought to life in the artwork, as well as the beautiful locations they visit. It really makes a special addition to the story!
The fictional technology is really cool. There is technology that can scan through dirt and rock to find and identify fossils. One of the explorer students even develops a device that can send chemical signals to trees to send and receive messages from trees! Mell, the honeybee robot drone, was very busy in this book, counting thousands of penguins to get an accurate count of the Antarctic colony. I just love that cute little bee!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.