Book: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: YA: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Review: Orphaned at a young age, Lyra lives amongst scholars at a prestigious university. When her uncle arrives to give a presentation on a mysterious substance called "dust"-Lyra becomes intrigued. Soon, children start disappearing including Lyra's best friend. She embarks on an adventure to figure out what "dust" is, rescue her friend and in the process discovers a world she didn't know existed as well as secrets about her past.
'The Golden Compass' was a 2007 movie that was widely criticized by (book) fans due to plot changes/missing scenes. I saw the movie and thus expected the book to depart from the movie. While there were a few differing scenes, overall, they were close (the movie did end a scene before the book). The book was well-written but anti-climatic because I knew what was going to happen. I liked it but do not plan to read the rest of the series.
Book Junkie's Grade: B