Brad Howes opines on Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark:
"It is true that a book
written for middle school-aged children could give a (mostly) grown man
nightmares. Kingdom Keepers provides a unique journey through the Magic
Kingdom at Disney World, specifically after the turnstiles stop, well,
turning. In Toy Story-esque fashion, the rides come to life once the
lights go down. And once the lights go down, it is a classic story of
good versus evil. The evil witch Maleficent is part of a group that
call themselves the Overtakers, who plan to take over not only the Magic
Kingdom and Disney World, but the entire globe. Of course, she calls
upon the Pirates from the famous ride, and pulls some dirty tricks on
other not-so-scary rides in her efforts.
It’s up to Finn, a
middle-school student who is a hologram by night, along with other
holograms to defeat the Undertakers. The highest level of intrigue comes
when Kingdom Keepers meets National Treasure as Finn and his buddies
seek to find secret clues throughout the park left by Walt himself that
will help good reign victorious.
Let it be known, this review is
not exactly an endorsement as I wonder to myself whether I will continue
the ride through three other sequels (and another due out Spring 2013)
or take an emergency exit. It’s true, I couldn’t put the book down.
However, it was the intricate descriptions of the park itself, as well
as the hidden mysteries that kept me involved, not the plot itself.
References to the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the Ticket and
Transportation Center, and the underground tunnels make me want more,
not the little creepy children from It’s a Small World coming to life
and attacking the riders. That’s what gave me the nightmares."