Tunnels (Tunnels Series #1)

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The New York Times Bestseller! The story of an outcast boy, his eccentric dad, and the scary underground world they discover through secret TUNNELS.

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when Dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a secret ...

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Overview


The New York Times Bestseller! The story of an outcast boy, his eccentric dad, and the scary underground world they discover through secret TUNNELS.

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when Dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a secret subterranean society. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era--because the Colony is ruled by a cultlike overclass, the Styx. Before long--before he can find his father--Will is their prisoner....

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Although it arrives from the U.K. amid plenty of fanfare-and to fandom here, too (see Galley Talk, Dec. 10)-this first in a planned series seems full of holes, as if its raison d'être were to set up the action for future books. The plot builds on a secret subterranean culture, a cruel, hierarchical English society that is deeply hostile to "Topsoilers." As the book opens, the punningly named Will Burrows and his archeologist father are tunneling beneath a disused train station, as this is Dr. Burrows's passion. Their bond established, these two major characters soon go off in different directions; as they do later, the authors lengthily follow one protagonist and seemingly abandon the others. Dr. Burrows, having discovered underground passages in local cellars, disappears after a quarrel with his useless wife; Will and a friend go after him. Encumbered by verbose and flat descriptions ("His whole being emanated evil, and his dark eyes never left Will's, who felt a wave of dread wash over him.... {Will] was unable to tear his gaze from the sinister man, whose thin lips twisted into a sardonic smile"), the novel is nearly one-third over before the boys enter the underground Colony-where they are promptly imprisoned and tortured. The narrative at last begins to twist and turn, but the authors still have trouble tracking their cast-and because the offstage characters seem to figure so punily in the others' thinking, readers have little incentive to stay invested in their fates. Ages 8-14. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows has a passion for digging around his small town of Highfield, which is so old it dates back to Roman times. He and his father, curator of the town's history museum and archaeologist, spend their spare time looking for ancient artifacts, abandoned underground train tunnels, or maybe something more interesting: evidence of ancient settlements. Outside of his exciting hobby, Will's life is dreary. His family is dysfunctional. His older sister Rebecca does all the shopping, cleaning, and cooking while their mother spends her time in front of the TV. Will's appearance works against him—he is pale with white hair, and his only friend is big, bumbling Chester who is also on the outside of teen society. Suddenly, Will's humdrum life turns dark and desperate. His father disappears, their family is without any money, and Will suspects that his father may be in danger connected with some secret excavation. Can he find his father with Chester's help? Some mysterious figures begin to tail Will; the new-found father's journal also mentions being followed by the same furtive strangers. Will and Chester persevere in their search and are suddenly thrust into a dark, frightening underground world filled with people who look like Will. Some claim to be his family. Some, the Styx, are truly frightening: they use torture to get information from Will and Chester. How will Chester and Will escape? Can they find Dr. Burrows? What about the foreign yet familiar underground people that claim to be Will's grandmother and younger brother? Meanwhile, what is happening topside to Rebecca and Mum? The underground world becomes deeper and deadlier and Will wonders if he will eversee the sky or sunlight again. This is a beautifully written young adult novel, so compelling and realistically drawn that the reader will not be able to put it down. Black-and-white illustrations add wonderfully to the dark fantasy world. A sequel, Deeps, is scheduled to be out in 2009. Wow! Reviewer: Judy Crowder
VOYA
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

Meet fourteen-year-old Will Burrows, who certainly lives up to his name. He loves to burrow underground, digging tunnels on archaeological expeditions beneath London with his museum curator father. When his father mysteriously disappears, Will sets out to find him, accompanied by Chester, his only friend from school. Their expedition underground leads to the discovery of a subterranean society, capture by the merciless Styx who control this underground world, painful interrogations, and the threat of banishment to the Deeps. But then, much to his surprise, Will is released to the "family" from which his real mother escaped, taking a very young Will topside with her. This father hates Will, but his younger brother worships him and wants to escape to the surface with him-one of Will's priorities. His other goals are finding his missing father, rescuing Chester, and surviving, especially after he discovers the identity of his real enemy. The nonstop action involves archaeological digs, tunnel exploration, sibling rivalry, missing parents, finding out who one really is, and so much more. Major characters are murdered, and evil appears to be in the ascendant, at least at the end of this book, which, in true cliffhanger style, is really just the beginning. This incredible debut fantasy is written by two authors who first met at college in London, have remained friends, and are now collaborating on a fantasy series that will have quest fans eagerly waiting for the next installment, Deeps, due out in 2009. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

School Library Journal

Gr 5-9- Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams' fantasy (Chicken House, 2007) is an exciting story about two 14-year-old boys, Will and Chester, who discover, while digging a tunnel, a strange and dangerous civilization underneath modern London. Will's father, Dr. Burrows, has recently disappeared, and the boy has reason to believe that his dad may have discovered the entrance to this underground city and is being held captive there. The two boys set out to find him and are soon captured by the Styx, a barbaric class of scythe toting soldiers. After undergoing interrogation by the Styx, Will is sent to live in "The Colony" where he learns that the Burrows are not his real family and that his mother escaped from this underground prison with him shortly after he was born. Chester, however, doesn't fare so well. He is doomed to be banished to the deepest, darkest part of this terrifying world. Driven by guilt over Chester's fate, Will vows to rescue him. Narrator Steven Crossley's performance is brilliant. His seamless transition between the characters' voices and his dramatic presentation bring the story to life. Perfect for classroom discussions about despotic governments or issues of trust and loyalty, listeners will eagerly await the sequel to this unresolved tale. For public and middle school libraries with fantasy audiobook collections.-Kathy Miller, Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin City, KS

Kirkus Reviews
Will finds his way into a frightening underground world in this fantasy adventure. Will's family may be dysfunctional, but he and his father are drawn together by their shared love of tunnels. Father and son dig not-quite-legal tunnels around London, unearthing Victorian jars, Codswallop bottles, 18th-century nails and other detritus of the city's history. When Will's father vanishes, Will and new friend Chester follow his trail into an underground city, the Colony. Will's fascination quickly gives way to dread, as the boys discover the Colony is peopled by xenophobic zealots and policed by the Styx, cruel magical despots. Will is determined to rescue Chester, and his quest leads him up against gruesome cruelties and startling betrayals. Dense but exciting. (Fantasy. 10-12)First printing of 75,000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545078818
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Tunnels Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 144,106
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.40 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love it!!

    This book is amazing because it really allowed me to use my imagination. The storyline is so unique and thrilling. Once I started this book I could not stop. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to read a unique, exciting and unbelievable story!

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Great book, great story, keeps you interested

    I really enjoyed this book. The story was unique and interesting. The characters are interesting. I highly recommend it and the sequel Deeper. Read it!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Unique Story Concept, Perfect For Young Kids.

    This story really brought something new to the table. However, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was just too old to be reading this book. I love good fiction with a passion...and this wasn't too bad in terms of story and content. It just had a very juvenile approach that I never experienced from other books like Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia. And that's not to say that "Tunnels" is comparable to those books...because it's not. It is a very different novel and I can't place what it is that makes it different other than that it is just very conservative. The authors never push any boundaries...every instance of danger is just not dangerous enough, every instance of creepiness is just not creepy enough. It was all very "PG" and I think it would have been better off as a "PG-13" story.

    In terms of the book itself, I think it had a killer hook. The problem is, the hook doesn't pull you in until a few chapters in. Which is basically the major flaw the book had in my opinion: it was a great concept but it took too long to cut to the chase whenever a major event was going to take place. While reading this book, I got to a really dull section and I ended up putting the book down for a few months until I could get interested in it again. I've never actually had to do that with a book that I was reading for fun, but something brought me back to it and I'm really glad I read it through to the end.

    The only other problem I had with the book is that the main character never really acted his age. I always found myself wondering, "how old is this kid again?" The characters in general were well described but not well established as people.

    Overall I think that this is a GOOD book for someone in Junior High School. I also think that this entire book is really only HALF of a story that takes too long to play out. The ending is great and somewhat shocking but was not worthy of being the end to a story like this. It seems as if the authors specifically wrote this book so that it would have a sequel and I didn't appreciate that. Worth the read but definitely not for young adult.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

    Horrible!

    DO NOT waste your money on this book! I Hated it! I couldnt even finish the book. I hated the writing, it just ran on and on and on. It just bored me. The book just drages on.

    11 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful start to a wonderful series!

    This wonderful opening to a best selling series may just be the next Harry Potter.
    This action packed novel by Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon is a novel that has great characters( my favorites are Bartleby and Rebecca), an amazingly detailed plot, and is great for teens.
    I would probly recommend this book for ages 12-18.
    You wont be dissapointed with this series opener!

    P.S. Cant wait for Closer(Book 4)!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Good book..... but not good enough.

    I really wanted to fall in love with this book, I really did. And it was good at the start then it got pretty boring toward the middle. So my adivce, is to give it a try and if you find it not exciting then quit on it.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    An Incredible Thriller

    An outstanding fresh novel with vivid descriptions and wonderful characters.At first, it´s a bit childish but then, as it develops, it gets darker and better. I loved it, and the ending is so good I can barely wait to read the second part. There are several novels that have achieved undeserved fame, I think, like Twilight, but this one definitely deserves it. Fabulous. One of my favorite books!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Incredible!!!!!

    Best book ever. Really long though so if just looking for a short read dont buy it. But other then that, amazing

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Boring

    Its so bad dont waste your money it is themost boring book it is not even worth a penny. Take it from me. It is not the next harry potter book. I read the first book it doesnt even make sense

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Very interesting

    Well I just finished the book last night. What a crazy story this Will ha. I think the book is fun for ages 8 and up, not hard reading, very descriptive, but kind of boring till you get to page 100 and up. Then your in for a reading ride.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    My parents got mad at me for staying up too late on school nights reading this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Adventure and Mystery

    Great for kids looking for something to fill the void left by the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. However, Tunnels is more Science Fiction than Fantasy- so, no magic, dragons, or castles to be found. Will Burrows is an interesting character who will appeal to kids. There were parts that were a little scary, so I would recommend this for children ages 10 and up. Overall, a great read and leaves you waiting for the sequel.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Listen up now

    This book is really awesome but the rest in the series are WAY better. And yeah,the stories are a bit gory but there still great. How can some of you guys say that it sucked! It was awesome! I just finished Spiral. Oh great, now my Mum is yelling at me to get some sleep because 'its really late' or whatever. Bye fellow readers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    In this adventerous novel written by Roderick Gordon is an u

    In this adventerous novel written by Roderick Gordon is an




    upbeat read for anybody ranging from 5th grade to 9th grade. If you are




    someone reading this book it could change your life, just like if you




    read, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Throughout this book the reader will go through




    many interesting and weird adventures. So, the book starts out like this,




    Will, the main character, is with his father, Dr. Burrows, and they are




    having there “Father-Son” time at their new excavation site they found




    and there digging and setting up all the necessary things that you would




    need to do what they do. Later on Will finds that he has a problem with




    his excavation site that he needs to fix the problem he has or his site




    could be gone forever. Throughout the book the characters keep




    digging and finding new things along the way.




    This book, Tunnels, could have many different dystopian themes but




    the one that stick out the most is equality. These people in the book are forced to live underground and they can't try to go back up to the surface. 




    The characters in this book have some depth. Will, the main character, is interesting. He loves to dig, just like his father, but when he has his own dig site he wouldn't let anybody help him with it until he found a new friend that he trust and that's very rare. Dr. Burrows on the other hand wants people to help him all the time except for his own personal work. So, I guess you could say that are alike in some ways, but in others they're different. Will's sister is pretty interesting too. She is like the housekeeper around their house. She does all the laundry, the dishes, she makes dinner every night, and makes sure that the house is nice and tidy. Will's mom, Mrs. Burrows is kind of weird. She loves to watch movies and TV shows, especially her soap operas, she loves them and can watch them 24/7. 



    Like I said before the book "Tunnels" has many different dystopian themes. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it if  your looking for a fantastic and highly interesting book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    AMAZING!

    I loved this book because it was intrasting, and the things in it could actually happen in the future. A fantastic read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Great

    It takes a while for it to get exciting. That is the good part though. It makes you want to know what will happen.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Its a shadowy bloody violeny scary monstrous fascinaing horrific series. Is pretty good.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    AWESOME!!!

    I had to read Tunnels as a project in school. At first i wasn't happy bcuz of the size. After I read Tunnels i was sooooooo glad we had to read it as an asignment. I STRONGLY recomend this book!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Awesome

    An excellent book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Beastmode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cant wait to read Deeper.I just finished Tunnels.Wish I would have came across this series earlier

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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