The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
published by Tor Teen
genre: YA, Fantasy,
Summary (Goodreads): More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.
My Thoughts: This was the first I had read from this author and immediately went in search of more. There was just something so unique about this story that I was pulled in right from the beginning.
I loved Joel's need for knowledge, especially all things rithmatics. All he's ever wanted to do was be one of the chosen few and all you want is for him to get another chance. Melody was the kind of over the top character that usually annoys me but I ended up really liking. She is the opposite of Joel in every way. While he excels, she struggles. This is a big thing considering her family is one of the few that is made of many rithmatists.
I also really liked the bad guys in this story. From the chalk drawings to people taken over by chalk drawings to the people who disappeared into the chalklings, it was again something I had not read before.
Overall, the uniqueness along with the twists and turns taken by the author made me keep reading from beginning to end. You can't help but root for Joel, Melody and their professor. The fact that they do not always get what they want, while still saving the day, made them even more likable in my opinion. Once finished I was ready for a second book.