Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman

Two kids break out of a juvenile detention center and become fugitives in order to clear their convicted parents’ names in this heartstopping series from kid-read master Gordon Korman.

Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents’ only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison — unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they’re trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night — and find themselves on the run, both from the authorities and from a sinister attacker t who has his own reason to stop them. The Falconers must use their wits to make it across the country … with plenty of tests along the way.

In a way, this book really reminds me of I, Q. There’s a lot of suspense and action themes to this book, with great twists and turns. But there’s a feel to the I, Q series that’s older somehow. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a little complicated and it’s thrilling. An adventure-action novel through and through. The On the Run series is more perfectly suited to middle schoolers, while I, Q could be more appealing to all ages.

However, this series is written in the way only Gordon Korman can. I wasn’t as impressed with his characters as I was in The 39 Clues and Schooled, but Aiden and Meg were both well-done characters. There’s a lot of truth to this story that made it feel really realistic, but with the suspense of Gordon Korman’s action/adventure novels.

I was impressed by all the stuff Gordon Korman managed to stuff into 160 pages, and left me eagerly awaiting the second book. Not my favorite Gordon Korman book, but great all the same. A short, sweet, suspense-thriller that I really enjoyed and hope to see more of in the future. 4 stars.

pg count for the paperback: 160

Series: On the Run

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