Hopper is no ordinary pet shop mouse. He is the “Chose One” prophesized to bring peace to an underground rodent world. But before he can do that, he has to escape from the pet shop before he becomes snake food! He also has to learn that he is, in fact, the Chose One.
Hopper and his sister, Pinkie, plan an escape. They prepare all of the other caged mice, including Pup, Hopper’s baby brother. During the getaway, Hopper loses both of his siblings and finds himself alone in a bustling rat city, underneath Brooklynn, called Alantia. While in Alantia, he makes friends with Zucker, the rat prince, and learns about the “Mus”, a group of mice who seek to destroy Alantia. But do they really? During his adventures, Hopper finds himself wondering what side his friends are on, and what side he is on.
As I was reading the book, I was first rooting for Alantia because they seemed to be the ones defending the city and their inhabitants. However, as I moved through the book, the author revealed new plots that changed my view of who the villain really is, and who is the hero. I really liked the way the author did this. It was a complete surprise.
I think the book is well-written. The author was great at describing the world from a mouse’s point of view. She made everything seem bigger, without directly saying it. To a mouse, a small shop is a giant hollow mountain, and a coffee cup is bigger than a broom closet (but makes for a great hiding place). The writing style also kept me reading, because I always wanted to know what happens next.
One of my favorite characters is Pinkie, Hopper’s little sister. On the outside she’s harsh, tough, and competitive. She calls her brothers names, bites some of the humans, and even threatens Hopper with a mouse-sized dagger. But, it seems like on the inside, she might be a bit softer. At the end of the book, she is even willing to take care of her little brother, Pup. I think she learned to be tough because she is the only girl in the family, she has an overprotective big brother, and her mother disappeared when she was the size of a pebble. I have a big brother too, and I can sometimes be tough with him, although, not as tough as Pinkie.
The book is a bit violent, just below the level of violence in the first few Harry Potter books (the last four Harry Potter books are pretty dark). For example, the rat prince and one of the mice poke a cat’s eye out, and some of the rodents are surrendered to the cats for their dinner. If you are ok with the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson style, you will be fine with this book.
I think this is a good book for kids ages 9-11.