Last summer, Benjamin and his friends did what every average kid does: hung out, had fun and oh...saved the world. But, this summer, the quintet has an even more difficult challenge to tackle. They must find Benjamin's missing brothers-a task that proves to be far more difficult than they ever could have imagined. In fact, it turns out that Benjamin's brothers are not to be found in the present. Somehow, someone has hidden them in the past. The Navel of the World is a fabulous adventure filled with mythology, magic and, even, a little bit of time travel.
The great part about sequels is the reader is already acquainted with the setting and the characters. And, there's always something awesome about going back to a familiar world, especially one you liked. And, in this book, PJ Hoover didn't disappoint. The Navel of the World is one of those wonderful times where the sequel of a series is even better than the first. It was funnier, more original and faster paced. This book was just so much fun to read! One of the aspects that I love about the series (and I've mentioned it before) is the sense of humour. Just to give another example:
"What should I call you?" Andy ground his teeth together, hardly getting the words out.
The boy laughed. "Ah, my friends call me Nick."
"I'm not sure that clears it up," Benjamin heard Andy say telepathically. Heidi must have heard too as a huge smile broke out across her face.
In my review of the first book, I mentioned that the characters were quite stereotypical. But, by the end of this book, I felt that they were much less so.
And, of course, a review of this book would not be complete without a mention (or two!) of the time travelling. PJ Hoover had a really original concept about the way time travelling works in Lemuria which you may be able to guess if you've read the first book. Anyway, I'm not going to tell you it (you'll have to read the book to find out) but let's just say that it's pretty impressive.