Death’s Academy by Michael Bass
Age Range: 10 and up
Series: Death’s Academy #1
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (January 14, 2014)
Source: From author for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
The Death’s Academy entrance exam for Midnight Smith is quickly
approaching. There’s just one problem: Midnight is the worst exam taker
the academy has ever seen. If Midnight wants to ever step foot inside
the school, he’ll have to join forces with the hated Guardian Angels,
and together face the deadliest creatures in the world–the dreaded
Unicorns. Becoming a Grim Reaper has never been more hilarious!
About the Author:
Michael Bast was born in the hostile deserts of Arizona where outside of
a handful of years he has lived his entire life. What is odd is that
each year around May he begins to wonder why he still lives in Arizona
as the temperatures rise and simmer in the triple digits.
background is in film-making where he created several documentaries and
independent films. He loves movies, sports and torturing his four kids.
Even though this book is called Death’s Academy, Night (the main character) doesn’t actually
spend any time at the Academy. The book is about him worrying over his entrance
exam and saving his society from psychotic unicorns. Since this is the
first book in a series, I’m guessing that the next book will introduce
us to the actual Academy.
In some ways, Death’s Academy is similar to many other middle grade
fantasy novels. However, the setting, the humor, and the unique villains
are what made the book stand out for me. Bass has a talent for humor, and it
shows throughout the book. Killer unicorns that live in a candy city
with jelly bean cobbled streets—how does it get any better than that?
Kids will love the laughs and the action in this book.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the way Night treated
his parents. He disregarded their rules time and again, and he was
extremely disrespectful to his father. I would have liked to see him
have more of a conscience when it came to his parents. Other than that,
I really liked the book and I think kids will too. It will appeal most
strongly to boys, but girls will also enjoy this hilarious romp through
the society of Deaths and Halos and murderous unicorns.