Review of Click Here to Start

Posted July 19, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 9 Comments

Review of Click Here to Start

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on July 19th 2016
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Young fans of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One will love this classic video game inspired mystery filled with elements of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 
What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?
Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game!
Using his specially honed skills, Ted sets off to win the greatest game he’s ever played, with help from his friends Caleb and Isabel. Together they discover that Uncle Ted’s “treasure” might be exactly that—real gold and jewels found by a Japanese American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery—but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.

First Line

Who knew a man with tubes in his nose could be funny?

What I thought of this book

Click to Start Here was a very addictive, fast paced, adventure for gamers and non-gamers alike. It might interest those who like playing games a bit more but I think anyone would love to read this one.

Ted doesn’t know his Great Uncle but on his deaths bed he wants to talk to Ted. He ask him if he was still in to games and when he says yes, he makes him promise to look beyond the box and go for broke. Ted has no clue what he is talking about but then after his Great Uncle dies and leaves him with the contents of his house. It takes Ted and his friends on an adventure to find some sort of treasure.

Ted loves exit games, those types that have puzzles to help you get the key to open the door. Now Ted is playing these games in real life and there is someone else who wants that treasure and he is not a nice person. Ted, Caleb, and Isabel have to use their smarts to figure out where the treasure is and out smart a bad guy.

I really loved each character in this book. Ted is smart but he doesn’t always apply himself to his school work and such. He does love to play exit games and solve puzzles and is very good at them and always has the high score. Playing a game and figuring things out in real life he learns is a lot different. Caleb is that faithful friend who isn’t as good at exit games but still tries and can now and then come up with a great idea. Isabel is new to town and at first Ted and Caleb didn’t want her around but some times her books smarts comes in handy.

Click to Start Here was a lot of fun and if you have a young reader who loves adventures or gaming then I am sure they will really like this one. If you ask me young and old alike could have fun with this adventure book. Highly recommend.

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9 responses to “Review of Click Here to Start

    • Stormi

      It was a lot of fun and it was sort of like a quest/mystery book but where the MC liked to play exit games and he had to do them in real life to find the clues. 🙂

  1. This sounds like a pretty fun story. I’m not a gamer (not for lack of trying, I’m just really horrible at it) and I read very few middle grade books. I’m sure this would be a great book for anyone interested in either genre. Great review.

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