So I have bought and read Bionicle: Island of Lost Masks. This the first Bionicle 2015 book marking the beginning of the Bionicle Generation 2 story line. And I am going to talk about it. Now I am not going to talk about the entire book's story. Read it for yourself if you want to know what happens in it's entirety. But I will be talking about some events in the book... so spoiler alert. I suggest you read the book before you read this. The book is really cheap and you can get a digital copy right now. Seriously, you can literally open up a new tab, go on Amazon, and buy the digital version for your kindle.
In fact, I recommend you go do that right now... I can wait... the book only takes an afternoon to read.
Anyways, let's go over the stats of this book:
Title: Bionicle: Island of Lost Masks
Author: Ryder Windham
Page count: 119 pages
Chapter count: 6 chapters
Average read time: An afternoon (approximately)If you couldn't tell, this will heavily feature my opinions.
What do I think of the book initially?
It's alright. Nothing spectacular, but it's an alright read. There is some odd parts where it seems like Lego is plugging the sets and there are some typos. Plus I feel that some of the characters could have been fleshed out a little bit better. Some characters I have very few notes on (I was taking notes on the characters while reading). Also I feel that this books relies on the fact that you have watched the Bionicle 2015 animations. The Animations are an easy watch, but not everyone watches YouTube. So yeah, the book is alright, but nothing spectacular.
So let's get into some things I want to talk about specifically.1. Bingzak
Oh my god, I LOVE THIS CHARACTER! Bingzak is a young Jungle villager who is fleeing from a horde of Skull Spiders attacking his village. I believe he is around 10-12 as the book describes him as a boy. Bingzak introduces the villager element of G2. He represents the residents of Okoto and how they are reacting to the Skull Spider disaster.
I love this character and I would have absolutely loved him as a kid. I feel like Bingzak is the most relate-able. He is just another character and he is not a hero character. I love how he is in the story. He shows that the Okotions are normal people. Plus I like how he is a kid. The young readers will eat him up.2. The Okotions
I can safely say that the Okotions are NOT semi-organic robots designed to maintain a giant robot who is designed to repair a mega planet. They have a concept of family, they have kids, and there are multiple generations of them. I'll even go out on a limb and say that they live 100-year life spans. I really like this. I really, really like this. I liked the bionicle of G1, but I really couldn't connect with them once I found out they have lived for a 100,000 years. But the Okotions seem to have "normal" life spans which I can connect with properly. I feel the Okotions are definitely a highlight of Bionicle G2.
3. Korgot and Onua
So Onua asks Korgot about how she is a female protector and that the protectors are said to be males. I LOVE this conversation. This friendly banter not only says some stuff about Korgot, but it also shows that Onua is a very kind and considerate person. Also this conversation feels natural. I would bring that subject up with Korgot too. Definitely a highlight of the book and I wish there was more moments like this. Yes, there was other character interactions, but I like this one the best. Yeah, not else is really revealed about Korgot's personality, but I feel she will get more fleshed out as we go along.4. Pohatu as the first Toa introduced
This was a good move on the author's part. You would expect Tahu to be introduced and he was featured in the animations, but no! This was unexpected and I love it. Plus Pohatu is very interesting. The book suggests that he is very wise and experienced. I noticed that the Toa, despite having no memories, have different skill sets. This is a very interesting aspect of the new Toa. It suggests that their memories will come back. The only issue is that Pohatu's part is a little bland.5. The book is a recap of the animations...
Yeah... this is a rather bad aspect of the first book. Like I said, the book depends on you watching the animations. And that leads into the last few chapters become a recap of the animations. Yeah, I knew the end of the book before I even ordered it. I hope 2016 doesn't get a series of animations that will spill over into the 2016-story books.
So that is the specifics of what I want to talk about. What do you think of the book so far? What do you like about it? What do you like dislike about it? Please comment below.