Today I’m reviewing Seeds of Rebellion, the second book in the Beyonders Trilogy by Brandon Mull. I first read this book when it came out in 2012, and I reread it in May of 2020. I’ll be sharing a spoiler-free review, and at the end of the post, I’ll discuss some spoilers. There will be spoilers for the first book, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes.
In terms of the worldbuilding, I still like the settings. A new creature called a torivor is introduced in this book, and I love them. I think they’re so cool, and I really enjoy reading about them.
In regards to the plot, I like that Jason getting hit in the head by a baseball in Beyonders: A World Without Heroes comes into play in this book. I think that shows how well-foreshadowed this book was. I also think the story is engaging and the plot is interesting, which I never say for middle books. This is the one exception I can think of.
For the characters, I like some of Jason’s qualities. I like seeing his friendship with Matt. I like his agency at one point, which I’ll discuss in the spoiler section. I love that he’s taught Ferrin how to use sign language, so they can communicate via Ferrin’s disembodied hand.
As for the writing quality, overall it’s good, but there are some things I noticed, especially in the beginning. There’s quite a bit of infodumping and telling in the beginning, especially in regards to Jason’s parents. I’m still not a fan of the dialogue tags. There are some abrupt changes in subject in the exposition, and a there are a few things that need clarification.
Overall, I enjoy this book. I actually like it more than the first book, which never happens with trilogies. This trilogy is the only one where I don’t like the first book the most. It’s fun watching the characters continue to develop and work toward defeating Maldor.
Now for the spoilers. I love Jason’s agency when he intentionally gets swallowed by the hippo. He’s proactively working toward solving his problem of returning to Lyrian. I find it funny that there’s an audience this time, and those poor witnesses are probably traumatized after watching Jason get swallowed by a hippo at a zoo. I feel bad for the hippo, though, because there were probably consequences for “eating” a teenager. I’m really excited that Jasher’s back in this book. One of my favorite things, though, is that the torivor saves Jason from the giants. I love the torivor. He’s great.
That’s all I have to say about this book. I obviously like it and enjoy how the overarching story develops in this second installment.
What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Are you interested in reading it? Let me know in the comments down below.