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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
White Plains by Rebecca Perkin is a good fantasy tale for young adult readers. I like stories where someone from our version of Earth is taken to another world. The connection to our place and time makes the protagonist’s actions and reactions understandable, but the setting of another world also gives us that necessary feeling of wonder, adventure, and the fantastic. Rebecca Perkin uses the idea of portals through time and space to send Samuel, a teenager from our world, to White Plains, a world where magic is more advanced than here on Earth. White Plains is at war and Samuel is thrust right into the middle of things before he can even understand what is happening.
I liked White Plains. I liked the protagonist, Samuel. He is just a teenage boy with no dreams of being a hero, but when fate places him in a desperate situation where a hero is needed, he steps up to the plate. To be honest, the girl from White Plains, who befriends him and takes care of him after he goes through the portal, is the real hero. Alexis was born for the job. She has trained for it and is good at it. I liked the technique Rebecca Perkin uses of explaining the world of White Plains and the situation there to the reader through the conversations between Samuel and Alexis as their friendship grows. The action is non-stop. The characters are interesting, and the plot moves at a breathtaking pace. A good, fun book.