Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen
Series: Talespinners #1
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Published September 17th, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Side characters can be heroes too in this charming and fast-paced adventure that is The Land of Stories meets The Phantom Tollbooth!
Indira has been a character-in-waiting her entire life. So she can’t believe her luck when she’s finally chosen to travel to Fable and study at the renowned Protagonist Preparatory, a school known for producing the best heroes.
But Indira’s dreams of achieving hero status don’t exactly go as planned. A failed audition lands her in the school’s side-character track, and her best efforts to prove advisors–famous characters like Alice from Wonderland and Professor Darcy–wrong are constantly sabotaged. Indira is starting to feel like an evil antagonist might be to blame.
As the danger spreads, Indira discovers all of Fable is under siege. With her friends Maxi and Phoenix by her side, she pieces together clues that will reveal who is behind the dark magic threatening them all. But the more Indira uncovers, the more doubt she feels about her place in this world of stories. After all, can a side character really save the day?
Recently I’ve been loving middle-grade books quite a lot. There have been so many unique and interesting ones! And this one is definitely one of the most unique ones I’ve read. It’s incredibly adorable and adventurous and… A world where characters train to be the best they can to appear in a book? I mean… Doesn’t it sound awesome?
Our main character’s name is Indira Story and she wants to be chosen to be a character badly. She wants it not only for herself but for her brother too.
You see, in this world, there are some places you can end up in:
- Origin – where Indira lives and where they get to be chosen by the authors to be characters in books.
- Quiver – The place where her brother is and where people work hard in the mines digging for story nuggets because they weren’t chosen as a character.
- Fester – the place where the antagonists go.
- Fable – to where Indira hopes to go. Fable is where you go to after being chosen by an author as a possible character for their books. There you train at a school called Protagonist Preparatory, to be the best you can.
I absolutely loved this idea and I was mesmerized by the world.
Indira is now a side character in training at Protagonist Preparatory and she lives with the best family she chose for herself. But things are about to get much tougher!
When Indira is finally chosen, she is super excited. She rapidly makes friends with the other chosen ones – Maxi and Phoenix. But to enter the school, you have to pass your auditions and Indira had some trouble with being accepted as a side-character and not as a protagonist. So, when school starts, things change because the main characters are treated differently from side characters. And that’s what happens with her and her friend Maxi. Plus, according to her advisor, Brainstorm Ketty, and to Indira’s disbelieve, she is not doing so well in her classes. She feels she is being sabotaged… But that’s just a tiny part of everything that is going on wrong in Fable!
There’s a lot in this book that I loved. The world is incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to see more of it. I found it super creative and heart-warming and all the adventures just made it incredibly gripping and exciting for me. I also loved, that although it might not seem, it’s really relatable?! I could totally see myself in Indira at times and I definitely could feel her emotions through the book. The plot was also something I really enjoyed, it was exciting and I definitely did not see it coming. I think some of my favorite parts were the interesting classes Indira had! You for sure gotta see those!
As for our characters, Indira is one tough cookie and she will do anything in her power for her friends and family! I loved her relation with Maxi and Phoenix, but even better than that was her adoptive family – Mrs. Pennington and her son Patch! I freaking loved them! I loved how united and supportive they are of each other! Plus, you get to see interesting characters like the Brainstorms, Marks (bookmarks that talk and walk), Dog-ears, the Grammar Police, Editors, Authors… It’s so unique!
I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and I can’t wait to see what the next book is going to be like, because in this world, literally, anything can happen… If you like middle-grade adventure books with mystery, relatable feelings and awesome characters, this is for you!
What did you think of it? Are you excited about this book? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!