3 out of 4 stars
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The Life Inside Maggie Pincus, Book One: The Heart of the Matter by David I. Billingham began like a typical Cinderella story. Maggie Pincus was 12 years old and living with her wicked stepmother, Victoria, and her three stepbrothers after her father died. She was treated like a slave and was emotionally abused by her stepmother and brothers. She had a facial disfigurement and was not allowed to even go to school. Until one day during her stepmother’s annual garden party, zombie-like creatures came after Maggie. Maggie was safely whisked away by an unknown stranger. From there, the story takes a huge turn, and Maggie finds out things about her father and herself. Her life would never be the same.
The souls and the internals are at war. The souls live in the body’s mind while the internals control the body systems. Maggie is a soul, who ends up living with many internals. She will need to find the truth and understand what a young soul like her is capable of doing. If this sounds a bit complicated, do not worry! The book has a lot of fun elements and there are many enemies, as well as friends in the life of Maggie.
The story reveals a lot of descriptions of the many characters. The evil virus Marburg, the mean Miss Devlin, and the death walkers were some of Maggie’s foes. Maggie’s new friends were Stick, Pritch, Taylor, and a very strange-acting Roosela. The book had some humor of the kind of transportation that Maggie and others used that made me smile. I especially liked the descriptions of living inside a body. The descriptions of living inside an old woman were so realistic that I could picture the different places. I liked the “yellow lake.”
As I read the book, I kept thinking that this story had so much imagination put into it and that it was so entertaining. I have never read a book like this one. Even though originally I had thought it was going to be like the movies Inside Out or Innerspace, it was very different and quite original. There was not anything that I did not like about the book except the need for some editing. There were no boring parts. The action and mystery propelled me to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
I rate The Life Inside Maggie Pincus by David I. Billingham 3 out of 4 stars. One star was taken away because of the more than ten errors of missing commas, misspellings, and missing words. The story plot was very imaginative, and the characters were well developed for the book to earn no less than a three-star rating. I would gladly rate it a four if the book went through some editing. Young and old alike would like this book. There was no sexual content and very little profanity. Anyone who knows a little about the human body will especially like to read about many of the scenes inside a body. If you are sensitive or especially squeamish about descriptions of body tissues or fluids, this may not appeal to you. However, there was not anything too extreme for most to be able to enjoy the crazy adventures inside a human body.
The Life Inside Maggie Pincus
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