Freefall (Tunnels Series #3)

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TO THE CENTER—THE DEAD CENTER—OF THE EARTH!

Deeper ended with Will and Chester head over heels in Freefall—tumbling through the subterranean Pore with the evil Rebecca twins in hot pursuit, toting phials of the toxic Dominion Virus. When, where, will they ever land?!

Just when the drop seems infinite, the boys hit bottom, and find themselves in a realm of near-zero gravity ...

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Overview

TO THE CENTER—THE DEAD CENTER—OF THE EARTH!

Deeper ended with Will and Chester head over heels in Freefall—tumbling through the subterranean Pore with the evil Rebecca twins in hot pursuit, toting phials of the toxic Dominion Virus. When, where, will they ever land?!

Just when the drop seems infinite, the boys hit bottom, and find themselves in a realm of near-zero gravity atop a giant spongy fungus stuffed with carnivorous screeching creatures.

But the true threat lies closer; dangerously close to Will's heart.

And above ground, black-clad Styx are sprouting like poison mushrooms, dead-set on spreading their plague!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
In Book 3 of the bestselling "Tunnels" series, Will and his friends find themselves pushed into the Pore as they desperately look for a way back Topsoil. The only problem, however, is that only one person has ever accomplished it before. Will, Chester, and an unconscious Elliot must battle the native creatures of the Pore, including giant spiders, and deal with the ever-present Rebecca twins and the tunnels themselves. With each turn seeming more desolate than the one before and Elliot's health declining daily, the boys are feeling hopeless when they stumble upon Martha, a mysterious old lady who dwells in the pore and is a series newcomer. The intricate adventure continues, and characters from previous books continue to pop up when the reader least expects them in this popular phenomena created by Gordon and Williams. Readers will again find themselves caught up in the never-ending adventure that has become Will's life. His optimism, no matter what is thrown at him, propels his story forward and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Readers just stumbling upon this book should definitely start at the beginning, as the adventure is too far along to enter into in this third installment. Fans should look out for the upcoming movie version of Tunnels, although it will be difficult to capture the intricate details of the story itself. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—At long last, the third installment in the subterranean "Tunnels" epic reunites Will, his errant father, and his resilient mother—briefly. Then, as she stays on the surface to battle, and then become a captive of the sinister order of Styx, the two squabbling explorers and various companions embark on a long fall to a fabled land at Earth's center that is lit by an inner sun and anchored by centrifugal force rather than gravity. No, science is not the strong suit here—nor is credibility, as Earth's innards are apparently riddled with tunnels and littered with conveniently placed, mysteriously abandoned military equipment—but the overall tale nonetheless gains momentum as it goes, propelled not only by chases, attacks, explosions, cunning deceptions, and acts of heroism and stupid bravado, but also by run-ins with the vicious Styx (a secret society poised to rid Earth of its environmentally destructive "Topsoilers" with a plague) and several types of deadly, eldritch creatures unique to the planetary depths. The occasional drawings of faces or objects add nothing significant, but that's a minor bobble in a fantasy that has yet to show signs of flagging despite its high page count.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545138772
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Tunnels Series , #3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 298,381
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author


RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are coauthors of the international bestsellers TUNNELS, DEEPER, FREEFALL, and CLOSER. Williams divides his time between London and his native Liverpool; Gordon lives with his wife and children in Norfolk, England.
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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    The Best Book I Have Ever Read

    This is a good book. I would recommend this book for anyone in middle school. It is a book that includes an epic tale of adventure. The main character Will Burrows sees multiple things the world never knew.
    Will Burrows is a boy that likes to dig. He and his Dad dig tunnels and search for artifacts. Then, one day, his Dad goes missing. Will and his friend Chester go on a spectacular search to try and find him. Instead they find something much more.
    The plot in this book is very complicated. There are multiple points of view in the story. If the goal of this story was to entertain, it has far achieved its goal. I was extremely entertained by this very interesting book. Its carefully chosen characters can surprise you with their violence or actions.
    I think that this is a very good book. If you like books with adventure and action, then this is the perfect book for you. If you haven¿t read the first two, start with them because it will not make sense otherwise.
    Freefall is definitely the best book in the ¿tunnels¿ series.Freefall has to be the best book I have ever read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Better than Tunnels and Deeper!!

    This book was for my 10 year old son and the above are his ratings. He LOVED the book and can't wait for the next book in the series, Closer, to come out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    The book starts out at the point where deeper left off, with Wil

    The book starts out at the point where deeper left off, with Will, Cal, Chester, and Elliot hurling toward the middle
    of the earth, it goes on to describe there adventures there and what amazing things they find, such as a woman
    who has been there for a very long time, and knows the ropes.

    I think that this was a great book. Not only did the conflict develop fast but the book also it was a real page turner.
    If i was to recommend this book to someone i would recommend it to someone who has some time on there hands,
    but doesn't mind using it, because this book is a very time consuming book but i know that anyone who reads it will
    love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I would read this again and again

    I love this book because it keeps you on the edge of your chair, waiting to see what is going to happen next. I finished it in no itme at all and am waiting for the next book, Spiral, to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Awsome

    Realy good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Best of the tunnel series so far

    So far this book gas been the best of the tunnel series and if they wanted to end it here. Read this book if you read the rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Good

    Martha is nuts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    New discoveries!

    Second best book in the series:
    1. Spiral
    2. Freefall
    3. Closer
    4. Tunnels
    5. Deeper
    (By ranking of awesomenes)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Top ten on my list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great read

    Good quality.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    3rd in the series

    The many different characters make it a little confusing at times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Freefall by Scholaastic

    uswe to help instruct students and my own child

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great story and series.

    This book is very action packed. I pre-read fo rmy 10 year old and it may be a bit difficult for children 10-12 to handle loss of parents and violent action. But the story is well written and the books are hard ot put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Freefall

    Great follow up to Deeper and Tunnels. I couldnt put it down. Cant wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Keeps you guessing

    I really enjoyed all three books. EXCELLENT plot, character development and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing til the end. Big sigh when I was finished. I am ready for more!

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    A Book That Begs to be Read!

    Freefall is a thrilling page turner with a great story and amazing writing. While this book probably would appeal to teenagers,the story is so complex,with more twists and turns in the story than there are pages! The story is truly amazing because of the diversity of charecters. First you have a teen, Will, with knowledge well above his years, you have his best friend Chester who acts as a comic relief, you have his quirky father who knows everything there is to know about history, and you have the great leader Drake, who has street smarts and well grasp of his surroundings. All the charecters are a recipie for success.
    All of the stories have a great hook starting, from free falling from a pore to wrestling a stranger on top of train who you than realize is your best friend. The books always grab your attention. Another great component about the books is the writing. If the writers described the settings in any more detail it would be a movie. The descriptions are so detailed it is almost like it is a picture book. The one negative about the book is there is tons of wandering when not much action takes place. About three times in the book they were just wandering for 2 or 3 chapters without action, just false hope that they will turn a corner and the bad guys will be there, but they weren't. If you make it throught those few boring chapters you will be rewarded with more action because when something boring happens, something great always follows.
    Freefall really is a great book for anyone over the age of 11. It is very family friendly with no inappropriate material. There is nothing like Freefall on the market, there simply isn't. It is one of the most complex and interesting modern books you can find today. It is truly a book that appeals to everyone, whether you like funny books, action books, or dramatic books, you will love Freefall.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    A Must Read

    "Freefall" by Gordon and Williams, is an enjoyable book in the "Tunnels" series. It is a piece of fiction that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Will, a strange teenager who lives near London, was thrust into the earth to survive the menacing styx. Close behind were the Rebeccas.

    In the gripping tale, our intrepid explorer faces monster, low gravity, and certain doom for all the "topsoilers". He uses his knowledge and help from his friends to survive. He was put into "the pore" with his friends Chester and Elliot. The hunt for Dr. Burrows is on. They have to evade everyday dangers in their perpetual darkness.

    If you want shocks and suprises, jump into "Freefall".

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    After digging through the subterranean world of modern-day London in search of his father, Will Burrows ended up on the run from the diabolical Styx army with his best friend, Chester, and his newly discovered brother, Cal. After an encounter with the Rebecca twins and Styx army, the group of friends fell down a deep hole known as the Pore.

    The FREEFALL takes them further into the earth, but they're not alone in the depths of the Pore. Having been mortally wounded, Will's biological mother used her last moments to knock the Rebecca twins into the Pore as well, and with them, the vials of the deadly Dominion virus.

    Will and his group of friends must find a way to keep the Rebecca twins from escaping the Pore with the virus. They meet new friends and explore new places that bring them closer to understanding the inner workings of the earth. But will they be able to stop the Styx plot, escape the Deeps, and return to their lives in the world above?

    The books in the TUNNELS series are long, and with the shifting points of view, sometimes can frustrate me when I have to leave a character in the middle of a dangerous situation to delve into another character's mind and situation, only to leave them and go to yet another. Though it may frustrate me at times, it doesn't keep me from reading and wanting more.

    FREEFALL is a glorious continuation of the story that began in TUNNELS and continued in DEEPER. The new explorations and discoveries in FREEFALL kept me floating along with Will and his friends in near zero gravity. With each page turn, my fascination with this subterranean world created by Gordon and Williams increased. I can't wait to get CLOSER to the truth in the next book. Hopefully, CLOSER will also bring further understanding of the world and characters in this series.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    My 9 year old loves this series!

    My 9 year old son loves this series, he's read all three books in the series without putting them down. He's actually gotten in trouble at school for reading when he's suppossed to be doing something else. He says it's a great adventure. He's also a fan of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series and Eragon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Awesome series!

    This series is awesome, I can't wait for Closer to come out.

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