Staff Review: "Carry On"
Simon Snow is “The Chosen One,” or so he’s always told by his mentor, the Mage of the Magickal World. Simon wants to enjoy his senior year at the Watford School of Magicks, but being “The Chosen One” means being attacked by the Humdrum, an evil being who wants to take down Simon and is leaving magical dead spots all over the world. Besides the Humdrum, Simon’s archenemy and mysterious roommate Baz also wants to see Simon’s demise. When Baz doesn’t show up to Watford during the first few weeks of school, Simon begins to wonder what his evil roommate is up to.
Rowell creates an intricate, well-thought magical world that can be compared to the magical world in Harry Potter. Any fans of Hogwarts will find Rowell’s world just as enchanting. The characters and their relationships are also one of Rowell’s strengths. Like her previous books (Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, Attachments, Landline), the characters have many dimensions to them. Baz is a very complex character and his story is more complicated than it originally seems. Does he really want to see Simon Snow fall? Or are his actions a cover up for his romantic feelings for Simon? The story is told from a different character's point-of-view in each chapter, showing each character’s perspective surrounding Watford, Simon Snow's mysterious past, and love. While the plot is slow and stagnant at some points, this book is recommended to any Rowell fans, older Harry Potter fans, or fantasy readers.