What am I reading now? Beyonders: A World Without Heroes (Brandon Mull)
Annd. . . what do I think so far? Well that's obvious: falling into a hippo's mouth can only mean one thing--Jason will have to save the world from an evil magician, Maldor, using a single, enchanted word. There are a lot of twist and turns to keep readers interested in the new world Brandon Mull has created for the Beyonders series. Humor and action will keep the readers turning the pages as Jason and Rachel work together to save this world and find a way to get back to their own world.
William Noble stated in Conflict, Action & Suspense that we should considerate the 3 M's in using characters to establish theme in stories:
1) Motives: Why does a character do what they do?
2) Memories: What in this character's past makes them do what they do?
3) Mirages: How does this character fool him/herself about what is happening and why s/he did something?
By asking these questions of various characters, the theme of the story gets more complex and the reader has more ways to connect with the theme.