The Ruins of Gorlan vs. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Today’s Teen Book Battle has only a few very vague comparisons to be made:

Both protagonists are guys.

Both boys end up going on adventures.

Both books are really truly awesome.

The similarities pretty much end right there; the differences begin and there the points of interest come into play.


The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey leans on the tales of Arthur and his knights. Alfred is an ordinary teen, he lives a modern life, and he makes occasionally fast and foolhardy decisions. Those decisions may bring about the end of the world which, Alfred realizes might be a bad thing and works very hard to correct. This book was a lot like an action flick in book format.


The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan introduces us to a society a lot like Medieval Europe. Wil is a scrawny kid and he makes lots of risky decisions though usually he is clever enough to make them pay off. His decisions won’t save the entire world, but they might save the kingdom. Wil’s story is all about stealth, and I have the sneaking suspicion that this story will appeal to most people.


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