The book starts off with giving readers a bit of his family history on how he and his brother, Dalton, ended up growing up at the Academy. Hatter's growing years starts to unfold as a cadet; moreover, Hatter must learn to keep his emotions in check. Readers will go through all the ups and downs of this young cadet's life. Many things a teenager experiences (well, of sorts, anyways), we will see that with Hatter Madigan...and how he handles it and himself. Moreover, to add to the trials and tribulations of a teenage Hatter, there's a mystery that he and his fellow cadets must solve.
I absolutely loved their writing. Mr. Beddor and Ms. Kress created a very descriptive and unique world of imagination through the eyes of a teenager. Their character development created these unique and imaginative personalities whom of which are relatable and memorable.
This collaboration has brought together an adventurous tale that middle grade readers will enjoy...I think all ages would enjoy this read, just like The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. A coming-of-age story filled with memorable experiences and all the teenage angst that goes along with it in the world of imagination. This is only the beginning for Hatter Madigan.
I look forward to more of Hatter's adventures and experiences as he grows up to become the Royal Bodyguard to Alyss...the future Queen of Wonderland.