Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is an action-filled book. The main character, eleven-year-old Orion, is living the adventure of a lifetime. After a strange turn of events, he finds himself swept up into a cyclone of exploration and unforeseen dangers. He sails to find the Lost Explorer, who mysteriously disappeared. Once on shore, the crew is plagued with monstrous things that kill several men. Will Orion make it home? Or become stuck in this barbarous land forever? Geared towards boys, Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is a wonderful book for someone who doesn’t mind a little blood and gore.
A reader should be warned that this book has a few derogatory words in it, but not awful enough to downplay the excitement of the plot. They are easy to overlook, but the author could have left out many of them without changing the story. Orion, who is the main character, is forced to be brave and fearless in this whirlwind of adventure. Once the crew is compelled to try and survive on a rough and harsh terrain, it takes every ounce of bravery to stay alive. Mysterious things begin to occur and sadly, a few men meet death. Boys ages 11-13 would enjoy this book most. As a girl, the blood and gore was a distraction to the plot. Setting aside the critical and slightly offensive words, this book will definitely capture your attention with cliff-hangers, action, excitement, and more!