Dragon Run by Patrick Matthews
Release Date: 2013-03-01
A boy goes on the run in this fast-paced fantasy debut.Can a zero become a hero?Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father’s footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be.To his surprise and horror, Al is revealed to be rank zero, the lowest of the low. He’s now not only an outcast – he’s also a danger to his entire family. So Al goes on the run, fleeing the brutal Cullers, men who hunt down zeroes . . . and put them to death.Cast out of his home, cut off from his friends, and armed with only a sword and his wits, Al is reduced to just surviving. As he meets other outcasts, however, he begins to suspect that he is a pawn in a larger game – and that he might have the power to tip the scales in a high-stakes struggle between man and dragon.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are really memorable… well… except for one. The size of the land that Al and Co. explore feels somewhat cramped. Within the span of two pages it seems that they’ve crossed through a warp-hole or something. I am still somewhat angry that some characters did not last as well as I’d like, but that is just personal griping on my part. Overall, the book is great for both the younger and older audiences, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys dragons, sword-fighting, drama, dwarves, magic, and all other stuff!
This Zero became a hero.