Book Review: Wise Acres (Heck: Where The Bad Kids Go #7)

Dale E. Basye is a literary genius. No, I’m not exaggerating. After a certain point in the book, I believe that he truly is a genius.

Plot: This is a much lighter book than Precocia. It almost feels as if Mr. Basye was trying to write something slightly different than the normal format, just to experiment for future literary endeavors. That being said, it is not a bad book. It takes the concept of the word ‘meta’ and brings it up to a level that even Phelous, creator of a film reviewing web series, wouldn’t dare to traverse. Unfortunately, to explain further would be to ruin portions of the book and it is too good to ruin.  Wise Acres feels like a gigantic love letter to the art of creating a novel. An art that I wish I could master, incidentally. If I didn’t officially proclaim it before, then this installment officially convinces me that Heck should be on a list of books to go over in a school’s curriculum. Children, teenagers, and adults of any age will most likely love to devour this in a classroom.

Characters: Once again, the deceased real-life teachers are remarkably well-chosen. In all of his books, Mr. Basye crams in intriguing references to life, including one such reference to a pigeon driving a bus in Precocia. Because the main theme seems to be linguistics, it expands his opportunities to tease young readers with the works of classic authors and remind adult readers of the nostalgic experiences in their high school English course. I can not speak for all teen readers, but it inspires me, at any rate, to look up every single reference. It is what TV Tropes calls a “Genius Bonus.” A delightful scavenger hunt of literary goodness! This version of Lewis Carroll especially interests me. I would read a book just about the staff interacting or the daily minutia of life. In fact, if any television executives are reading this, and I doubt they are, then contact Mr. Basye! Create a Seinfeld-esque comedic program about the daily life of the employees! Alternately, a web series. I don’t know what to say, I just want to find out more information about the life of the normal employees!

This is becoming an unfortunate trend, as with the previous review. I have no idea of what else to say. Future plot events are quite nicely foreshadowed, and Milton and Marlo continue to be wonderful. I do feel disappointed by a certain character, who seems to be out of the series permanently. Even so, it was a good run for the character who I will not name, due to spoilers. Unlike the last book, however, I do have two complaints. Firstly, certain portions of the novel were slightly hard to read, but that is a nitpick. I have never been very good at cursive, despite practicing it many times. (Side Note: We aren’t learning cursive in high school, and I think that is a shame. I want to relearn it.) Secondly, I couldn’t find the usual message at the end of the book, stating the title and date of the next book’s release. However, it appears as though some kind of poem was encrypted into the afterword. My sister and I should work on translating that. Wise Acres thoroughly deserves an A+. I can’t wait for the remaining two books. Wait…A possibility of only two books left in the series? To my disappointment, yet another quality book series will end, leaving me to go on the hunt for a new one. Harry PotterPendragonAlex Rider, countless other series…Why did you go? Why?? Have an excellent day, everyone! Keep reading, and pick up the Heck series! It’s a heck of a good time, pun gleefully intended.


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