Size: 384 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Slayers series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got an advanced reading copy of this book for review through NetGalley(dot)com. It was a fun read and an excellent book. This is a book about young adult dragon slayers in the modern day world. Think Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but the kids are fighting dragons instead and are part of an ages old genetically modified race. I haven’t been able to find any information on a sequel to this book; but based on some things that were left unresolved I imaging this will be a series.
Tori has always been fascinated by dragons. But since her father is a Senator and her family is rich and elite, Dragon Camp has never been deemed worthy enough by her father. Finally this year her father relents and Tori finds herself enrolled in Dragon Camp. No pedicures and bell-hops here, just cabins and a bunch of dragon-obsessed kids. Or is it? Tori is older so she is put in the advanced part of the camp; the area for older teens. Thing is the teens in this part of the camp are very different, they have super-hero-like powers. Could Tori be part of a genetically modified subgroup of humans destined to save all of humanity from vicious dragons?
The premise of this book is wonderful. The Dragon Camp reminded me a lot of Camp Half Blood from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan….it also reminds some of the unicorn fighting school in Diana Peterfreund’s Rampant series. You have a group of teens together learning how to use their super powers and how to fight dragons. How cool is that?
The characters are all fairly engaging. There are two girls who are pretty stereotypical mean girls, and we never really get a reason for their behavior. Outside of them the rest of the characters are very interesting. Tori comes off as a bit of a spoiled rich girl (she assume the boys that help her take her luggage to her cabin are bell-hops), but she isn’t pretentious…she’s just used to a different way of life. As the book goes on Tori sheds this rich-girl persona and really grows as a character.