Dark Passage - Ridley Pearson

The sixth of Ridley Pearson's clever "Kingdom Keeper" novels starts with a splash -- literally. Two of the Disney Hologram Interactive (DHI) kids, Willa and Finn, are overboard the Disney Dream cruise ship, and in trouble. The Overtakers (OT) ... Disney villains of the worst sort ... are on-board and planning an even bigger takeover than just the Disney parks.

I've found these books consistently clever and entertaining. The characters, with the exception of the villains (who are who they are), are well-rounded and interesting. We see not only the teenage angst about crushes, but also the challenges that come with being the smart kid in the crowd, or the kid being raised by an aunt ... or anything else that makes a young person stand out in a less-than-positive way.

All of that said, it is beginning to feel like Pearson is a little tired of his first group of DHI characters, as he is introducing new youths into the mix ... and those kids seem to know more than the first group about what is going on.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future series titles.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/430800735