Taylor's Plight is the third book in The Sanctum series of pre-teen adventure novels by Katrina Cope. Once again Jayden, Eva, Robert and Aaron are attempting to stop terrorism by using 'surrogates' - robots they can control remotely that appear to be human.
This installment starts with a bang (quite
literally) and just keeps going. The previous two books took a little
while to lay the groundwork for both characters and plot but there is no
need to do that here, especially as the story continues essentially
from the end of the second book, Scarlet's Escape.
again someone is moving against the Sanctum, trying to stop their fight
against terrorism, attacking their infrastructure in an attempt to
bring down Scarlet, the computer intelligence that controls much of the
Liam and the other pupils at Ernest College
are also involved, and seemingly on a course to uncover the Sanctum's
meddling at their school. But are they working towards the same cause,
or against? As the two groups of students converge on the truth, the
stakes have never been higher and the danger never more real.
really is a fantastic read. From start to finish it grips the reader,
drawing them along. The threads of Ernest and the Sanctum play off of
each other, each giving a slightly different view of what is really
going on. Most of the second half of the book is a breathless rush
towards the final climax as the children on both sides uncover the
truth. The phrase 'I couldn't put it down' is overused but is totally
justified in this case.
Not everything in their world is safe and
cosy and this is one of the great things about Cope's books. She is not
afraid to put her characters through the mill, but they are always
shown to be able to overcome adversity through quick wits and to come
out stronger the other side. As usual the strong role models are well in
This is a book I would unhesitatingly recommend to any
reader from about 9 upwards, although reading the first two books will
be necessary to introduce the characters involved and the world of the