Carol Plum-Ucci: Following Christopher Creed (Steepleton Chronicles, #2)



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I never realized that The Body of Christopher Creed had a seuel Christopher Creed doesn t articularly stand out in my mind but I love Streams of Babel and seuel so I ll give this a shot I really liked The Body of Christopher Creed when I first read it and I really didn t care for this one I m not sure if it s a weaker book or I m just a different reader to be honest It might be the difference between being a high school reader and an adult reader but I was way less interested in the Angels in Harmony protagonist and had some real issues with the depiction of women The twist at the end though was satisfying and I didn t see it coming until right before it happened I remembered absolutely loving The Body of Christopher Creed and not being able tout it down When I found Following Christopher Creed I was beyond excited I started by re reading The Body of Christopher Creed this morning and read Following Christopher Creed right after Unfortunately I was disappointed with the latter To me Following Christopher Creed was drawn out up until around the last 20 Sketchy Behavior pages or so Only then did I develop any sort of appreciation for how the novel had been crafted and yes I am slow to admit it but the ending did take me by surprise I remember reading The Body of Christopher Creed in high school and LOVING it because it was just so creepy It was a well donesychological thriller And it was my first Autumn Brides psychological thriller that is so automatically it has a soft spot in my heart When I first heard of Following Christopher Creed I was a bitut off The Body of Christopher Creed was so amazing that I feel that it didn t need a seuel And unfortunately I was right Following Christopher Creed never lives up to the brilliance that is its The Princess and the Three Knights predecessorFollowing Christopher Creed was most of the time a bloated boring book Sure some interesting things happened here and there but reading most of the book was tedious I also found the characters in The Body of Christopher Creed developed and therefore intriguing While I did like Mike and RayAnn I never got a clear reading of themarticularly when it comes to Mike Now maybe this was the author s intention but it made me feel very disconnected to Mike Revisiting with the characters of the The Beauty of Believing previous novel wasretty cool but that only lasted for a few chaptersAnother thing I Years later what really happened to Christopher CreedWhen Torey Adams osts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton four years after Christopher Creed disappeared college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop an.

Idn t understand was why the author built up this side lot at the beginning with Steepleton having bad karma yet never elaborated on it I thought that should ve been the focus Following Christopher Creed What makes Steepleton tick Why is it that while most towns see change Steepleton remains the same and never evolves She brings up these uestions but answers are never forthcoming Normally the lack of answers doesn t really tend to bother me but I guess I was latching on to the Steepleton theory because it was really the only thing in Following Christopher Creed that intrigued me I found the rest mehSo two stars for the ending which I really did NOT see coming but really should have I think I m off my game and for some moments of interest But really I found Following Christopher Creed to be an unnecessary seuel that never reaches the awesomeness that was The Body of Christopher Creed let alone surpasses it It s been five years since Christopher Creed disappeared four since Torey Adams launched his website ChrisCreedcom in an attempt to make sense of the the way his classmate vanished into thin air Five years and not a single solitary trace of Chris Creed has ever been found Then Torey Forbidden Love Unchained posts a new message on his website a body has been discovered in the woods outside of SteepletonMike Mavic a legally blind college reporter who sees than most has been a huge fan of ChrisCreedcom from the beginning Chris s story told with both sympathy and honesty by Adams is not so very different from his own right down to the domineering and obsessively controlling mother When he reads Torey s latestost Mike knows he has to get to Steepleton Here is his chance to uncover a story that could well and truly launch his career as a journalist More than that he can face his own demons but do it from a step removed by telling Chris Creed s tale instead of his own Determined to get to the root of the Creed disappearance Mike sells his laptop and buys a Witches of the Deep South plane ticket for New JerseyWhen he arrives in town Mike learns two things right away The first is that the body in the woods is not Christopher Creed s but that doesn t necessarily kill his story Because the second thing Mike discovers is that Steepleton has been living under a cloud of bad luck and ill feelings ever since Creed disappeared To the curr. D hops alane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud of bad freuency and eople with an underlying streak of meanness To the teens of.

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Ent crop of high school kids Chris Creed s vanishing act is just another local legend something from the ast that doesn t mean anything important to them with one exception Chris Creed s brother Justin now a high school student himself has recently become obsessed with his brother s vanishing act Deeply troubled and falling uickly into drug addiction Justin teeters on the edge of mental catastrophe As he travels about Steepleton completing his interviews Mike struggles to hang on to his journalistic objectivity and still find a way to help Justin learn what happened to Christopher CreedI loved The Body of Christopher Creed so a seuel written along the same lines a Christianity psychological mysteryowered by an ever increasing thread of tension would have hard time living up to the standard that the first book set But while Following Christopher Creed is undoubtedly another top flight Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, psychological mystery it is also markedly different from itsredecessor in some respects Where the first novel was like a cable being wound ever tighter this seuel is that same cable as it frays and then comes steadily unwound It is the unraveling of kinks and knots that leads to a central core of truthThe Body of Christopher Creed was essentially two stories a Alice-Miranda at Camp pair of excellent intricate character studies The life of Christopher Creed was revealed in absentia and the reader watched Torey Adams in theresent as his relentless uest for the truth gradually alienated him from most of the other residents of Steepleton Following Christopher Creed is also built around two stories It s about the events that have lead to Justin Creed s slide toward drug abuse and mental illness since his brother s disappearance and also about Mike Mavic s journey toward making The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) peace with his own difficultast As with the first novel Ms Plum Ucci has used The Association of Small Bombs proselot and Wilderness Survival Handbook pacing here brilliantly to hook the reader from the first scene and keep him or her feverishly turningages until the very endNote It is not strictly necessary to have read The Body of Christopher Creed before you read Following Christopher Creed although you should because it is amazing Where information fro the first book is needed Ms Plum Ucci has made clever use of Mavic s exhaustive knowledge of the contents of ChrisCreedcom to fill in the necessary backgroun. Steepleton Chris is nothing than history but to Justin Creed a teen obsessed with his older brother’s memory and balancing on the edge of sanity discovering what really happened to Chris Creed is a matter of life and dea.

Carol Plum Ucci is a young adult novelist and essayist Plum Ucci’s most famous work to date is The Body of Christopher Creed for which she won a Michael L Printz Award in 2002 and was named a finalist to the Edgar Allan Poe Award Describing her subjects as the most common timeless and most heart felt teenagers Plum Ucci is widely recognized for her use of the South Jersey shore to set sce