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Dory's Avengers: (Revised edition) by [Jack, Alison]
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A deep sadness descended on the grand old London townhouse that night…

Gymnast Louis Trevelyan is baffled. Why in his early twenties has he suddenly started having visions? Who is the man trying to make contact, why is he being held prisoner somewhere in an unfamiliar city, and how does he know Louis’s name?

Hidden away for his entire life in the north of England, Louis has grown up blissfully unaware of the brutal oppression exercised by the dictatorial Sponsorship Scheme throughout the rest of the UK. Far from being the benevolent guardians they portray themselves to be, the Sponsors rule by fear and cruelty – and as Louis is about to discover, the cruellest of all is the Scheme’s leader, Lord Bassenford.

Leaving the safety of his Lake District home behind, Louis sets out on a journey to investigate the meaning behind his mysterious visions, and in doing so finally learns the truth about the people around him. What he discovers will change his life for ever.

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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and entertaining YA read 7 May 2017
By Georgia Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I do not fit into the target audience for this novel, not being YA (a young adult) nor male, however I still enjoyed Dory’s Avengers which just goes to show that you should always be willing to try new things.

This is an original and interesting read with the main character, Louis, being an albino gymnast trained by the bad-tempered past champion, Gideon, who is now in a wheelchair. They live among a colourful cast in the fictional village of Blenthwaite in the Lake District.

There are some mentions early on about Sponsorship but we soon learn that term is not to be taken in the way it usually would be in sports because it actually refers to there being very much a class divide between the Sponsored and Unsponsored. People sign up to be Sponsored because of the privileges it affords but it also means that their life is controlled, ultimately by Lord Bassenford who’s in charge of the Sponsorship Scheme. The Unsponsored are, of course, the rebels who will not sign their lives away and therefore pay the consequences of not doing so.

Louis is contacted, in a somewhat unusual manner, by a childhood friend and travels to London to help the friend, his eyes being opened to the problems of the Unsponsored along the way.

I had a little difficulty with Lord Bassenford who at times was hideously cruel, particularly to his son Theodore and then at others behaved rather out of character, I thought, for example by dancing at an unsponsored wedding. So I wasn’t entirely convinced by his supposedly evil persona.

Some things also felt a little glossed over. The changes of heart by a few of the characters, for example, and Nicola, I’ll say no more on that as I don’t want to give anything away. However, I did love many of the cast and in particular Lysander, eventually, after all the stuff happens which I won’t tell you for fear of spoilers, again.

I only get to read books in fits and starts and it can be tricky keeping the relationships characters have with each other clear. In this book the cast is quite large and at times I got confused with names. Lord Bassenford was also known as Your Lordship, Your Lordshit (unsurprisingly, given his behaviour!) and William St Benedict. But this was not all, most of the characters (and there were quite a few) had nicknames or shortened forms of their own names or were occasionally called by their surnames, but like I say that was no doubt something to do with the way I read this book.

There was a lot of story packed into this book with many things happening which kept it fresh and interesting. I liked the setting and always love it when a plan comes together to try to thwart whatever it is that is going on. There was humour throughout, a certain amount of friskiness among the cast which was entertaining and all in all this was an enjoyable read.