Author: Jacqueline West
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
Source: Personal Purchase
Did you know that wishes are dangerous? Think about it: what if everything we ever wished for came true? We would certainly live in a very different world. Godzilla or King Kong or Jurassic Park could be real. Plenty of the things we wish for aren’t so destructive, but they probably aren’t the best things for us either. What if the only food in the world was chocolate ice cream? Delicious, but not as healthy as we probably need.
Fortunately, there are collectors. Most of us aren’t aware of them, but they help take care of all those wishes floating around out there in the ethosphere. They help keep things in control. However, “[c]ollecting is a slippery thing” (103). Are all wishes bad? And do all people who collect those wishes have good intentions?
Giovanni Markson, Van for short, is a unique individual. He is able to see what most of us cannot: those individuals who are working tirelessly to accumulate all our wishes. However, there is more than one side to collecting. Van’s trouble is deciding who is collecting wishes for the right reasons and who is not. Who should he trust? The irascible Penny and her unusual associates? Or the kindly Mr. Falborg, who keeps some of his collections so secret that even the other side doesn’t know what he has?
The Collectors is fast-paced and fun, keeping readers guessing as Van struggles with the dilemma of wishes. The best part? The adventure continues in a sequel, The Collectors: A Storm of Wishes.