Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're heading back to Warrensberg as we catch up with Wilkin Delgado and Alice Jane Zelinski as they are paid a visit from that infamous intergalactic plumber, Cardamon Webb! What? You look skeptical. Don't fib, I can see it in your eyes. No worries...we'll turn your 'tude around because as out there as that sounded, it gets even more so and in this trilogy, that's a GOOD thing! Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...
The Warrensberg Trilogy, Book 2
About the book...
Intergalactic plumber Cardamon Webb returns to Warrensberg, Minnesota, to enlist the help of 14-year-old Wilkin Delgado and tug-o-war champion Alice Jane Zelinski to save the universe. Apparently, all the fresh water in the universe is drying up and they need to get to the Source to turn it back on. Wilkin and Alice Jane—together with a talking puffin, a glamorous Ergonomic and Fiscal Engineer and a pesky bug—journey to the Other side of the universe, visit the abandoned metropolis of Pago City, discuss expensive handbags, mindfully follow the path of the plumber’s pilgrimage, battle deadly diseases, decipher the text of an ancient prophecy, repel ferocious attacks by Wibgees and Leeblexes, and try to meet the All and Everything and save humanity.
We begin with a letter arriving via puffin (more specifically, via Loretta the puffin) from none other than...Cardamom. Not that unusual, right? Um, okay well maybe YOU get letters via puffin every day, but around my part of town, you don't. Anywho, a letter in and of itself isn't bad news, but our little (and about to get much, much smaller) intergalactic plumber doesn't usually come for just a social visit, a point which is about to be proven. As it seems, the universe is coming apart at the seams and its only hope...is the three of them, Cardamom, Wilkin, and Jane. Can we panic now? Nope...for these three have seen the Great Ma-loo, so there are no better hands to leave this IMMENSE task in. All they have to do is go on a pilgrimage through the Oreo universe to speak with the All and Everything about turning the water back on while also attempting to sure up the threads holding that same said universe together. Piece of cake! Said no one ever.... especially with Millie in tow...
The author really has a way of making the absurd seem almost normal, while dragging you (willingly) into a tale that obviously took some heavy doses of imagination to create...and hopefully nothing more than that. (JK!) The writing is clean, the story well developed with an easy flow (ha...flow...sorry, can't help it with the plumbing jokes), and the characters are just as I remembered them, albeit a wee-tad older (seconds really), a little wiser (very little), and ready for adventure (or anything to, as the title implies, escape). They may be unlikely heroes, but I'd place my bet on them every time because there's a lot to be said for determination and intent versus skill and experience. No, I'm not losing it...just read the book; you'll see what I mean.
In the end, all I could say is I'm done... which takes on a WHOLE other meaning when you finish this book. *ahem* It's a story that reminds us that sometimes the best solution is right in front of us, no deep reading required, and to be prepared for anything, and I mean ANYTHING, when Cardamom comes a knockin'. It's a wild and zany adventure that will keep you turning pages as much for the absurdity of it all as for the need to satisfy your curiosity regarding how everything will turn out. Will Jane ever learn to be nice? Will Wilkin ever stop getting into the grossest stuff ever? Will Millie learn that the best things in life aren't so costly? Will Cardamom ever decide to pursue a different "career"? The answers...okay, so they're all probably no, but it doesn't make this installment any less interesting, nor does it dull my anticipation of the next adventure!
About the author...
Dean Ammerman lives in Minnesota. He is married, has two daughters and a dog (not a dachshund). The Warrensberg trilogy began with "Waiting for the Voo," which introduces Wilkin Delgado, Alice Jane Zelinski and intergalactic plumber Cardamon Webb. Wilkin and Alice Jane are asked to help fix a nasty sewage problem that threatens to destroy the universe. In the second book, "Escape from Dorkville," Wilkin and Alice Jane reunite with Cardamon Webb to go on a quest to the Other side of the universe to talk to the All and Everything and (hopefully) get the fresh water turned back on. "The Last Ma-Loo" is the last book in the trilogy. The problem? The universe is crumpling, the Ma-Loos are missing and Alice Jane has a boyfriend. None of which is good.
Special thanks to author Dean Ammerman for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!