Please Return to the Lands of Luxury by Jon Tilton

“This book absolutely melted my heart.”

Review by Erin Phillips

An unexpected treasure. A treacherous journey. A thrilling adventure that will shape her future.

Jane lives on an island of trash. And even though she has to scavenge garbage and deal with sinister robots, she still loves her home. It’s all she’s ever experienced, from her most cherished memories to her foggy past that she can’t quite remember.

But when a doll shows up in the latest batch of garbage, everything changes. Unlike the rest of the junk, the doll is in excellent condition, including its tag which reads, “Please return to Gloria Thatcher.”

Convinced it arrived by accident, Jane vows to return the doll to its rightful owner. There’s just one problem—nobody has left the island before, thanks to the tyrannical robots guarding the Docks, a dangerous place with a mysterious history.

Will Jane find safe passage to the Lands of Luxury? Will she uncover the secrets of her past?

Embark on this thrilling adventure where Jane and her friends discover the importance of hardship and the beauty in sharing stories with life’s greatest treasure—our friends and family.

Please Return to the Lands of Luxury is the first book in this exciting series. Join Jane, Rodney, and Timothy as they explore a distant world, much unlike their own. These riveting tales are packed with an abundance of action, plenty of heart, and timeless themes.

Release Date: 3/21/2023

Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy

Pages: 178

Jon graciously sent me this audiobook as a gift and this review is entirely voluntary.

This book absolutely melted my heart.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Please Return to the Lands of Luxury by Jon Tilton, but based on the amazing cover art alone, I knew it would be worth my while.

This middle grade dystopian adventure book is filled with colorful descriptions, an imaginative world, and authentic characters that will resonate with children and adults alike. One of my favorite aspects of the book was that there are multiple points of view–Jane, the boys Rodney and Timothy, and Marc–which brilliantly expanded the story, making it great for boys, girls, kids, and adults alike.

With heartfelt themes of friendship, perseverance, sacrifice, and grief, this story creates a wonderful landscape for thoughtful conversations. It is fast paced but with plenty of warmth, making the story easy to follow and a fun adventure from beginning to end.

The audiobook had excellence narration that brought each character to life in unique ways, and it was a joy to listen to from beginning to end.

If you are looking for a great book for a middle grade kid, to read as a family, or to just cozy up and enjoy the ride, definitely check out Please Return to the Lands of Luxury!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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