Dancing Jax 2: Freax and Rejex, by Robin Jarvis
Austerly Fellow’s demonic book, Dancing Jacks, has spread across the UK, taking a hold of millions of souls and convincing them that their true identity is as a character from the book. But the book’s addicting effects haven’t worked on everyone. The aberrants, as they are known, are hunted by those under the control of the book and, under the Ismus’ guidance, round up a group of teenagers and ship them off to a ‘Summer Camp’. The teens are told that the summer camp is to try and get them to believe in the world of Dancing Jacks and that by the end of their delightful and fun filled weekend they too will be converts.
The teenagers are initially suspicious and distrustful of one another and some great main characters are established. A wannabe, celebrity obsessed, teen model, a streetwise, gang related kid from South London, a Manchester born womaniser, a guitar playing scot, a Glastonbury going veggie and an obese girl with flame red hair who is always happy. The teens form unlikely friendships and begin opening up to each other about their lives before Dancing Jacks hit the nation. The summer camp and Dancing Jacks begin to change the way they think and act but not in the way the Ismus intended.
We don’t see many of the characters from the first Dancing Jax book, except the Ismus and Jangler, but I found myself loving the new mismatched teens more than those from the first book. We are given more insight into the world of Dancing Jacks and also introduced to the creatures the Ismus is drawing out of the book and into the real world. A new role is also made available, one which could either destroy or complete the Ismus’ hold on the world; the Castle Creeper.
I couldn’t stop reading the second instalment of Robin Jarvis’ Dancing Jax series. I found myself switching between loving and hating characters, surprised by the actions of unlikely heroes and once again shocked by some scenes. I can’t wait for the third book to be released so that I can return to the world of the Dancing Jacks and satisfy my addiction once more.