Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me an e-arc of this book, I did end up reading my finished copy that I bought myself.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves trapped aboard The Principia – a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.
Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out.
Before reading this I saw a few people say how it had Jumanji vibes and that was the main thing that made me pick it up, so when I read this I was not disappointed. I love a book with any sort of game or tournament so this book was perfect for me to read. I really enjoyed the futuristic in-reality game that Jennifer Bell created here and it was a quick and fun read which I devoured in one sitting. I could not put the book down and had to keep reading to find out what other historical figures they met on their adventure and what challenges they would face along the way I finding their way back home. The book starts with a line about exploding gnomes so I had no doubt from that first sentence that this book would be action packed every step of the way.
I loved learning about the main three characters as the book progressed, all 3 have very different lives and seeing them not only get to know each other after being thrown together into this game (and the future), but also learning to trust each other and form friendships was so heartwarming. I loved how not all of the historical heroes were ones that we may have heard of, and the little pieces of their histories we got in the story made me want to go and research them to learn more about their lives and achievements (Wangari Maathai was such an inspirational, independent woman, I definitely recommend researching her work and accomplishments).