Book Review: The Expeditioners
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon
by S.S. Taylor
Illustrated by Katherine Roy
Kit, Zander, and M.K. are the Expeditioners. Children of famous explorer Alexander West, they’ve been trained from a young age to read maps, survive in the wilderness, and discover new lands.
Six months after their father’s death, the West children find their father’s map to Drowned Man’s Canyon in Arizona, the location of a legendary treasure no explorer has ever found. With their new friend Sukey, they set off for the canyon, chased by the government’s explorers agency and other treasure hunters. Will the Expeditioners find the lost treasure and learn what really happened to their father, or will the agency find them first?
I rarely enjoy a book as much as I liked this. The premise is unique: In an alternate universe where computers have failed and the Allied governments closely control their people, explorers have discovered new lands and hidden treasures throughout the world.
Kit and his brother and sister are left on their own after their father’s mysterious death, but they’re determined to follow his last clues and learn exactly what happened to him. They bicker like my siblings and I, but like us, they stick together when times get rough.
The Expeditioners is an action-packed mystery, but it’s also filled with treasure, friendship, and a secret conspiracy that will enthrall fans of all genres. It’s definitely one of the best new books of 2012!
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S.S. Taylor and illustrated by Katherine Roy is available December 11, 2012, from McSweeney’s McMullens.