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Brandon Mull’s ‘Crystal Keepers’ features an advanced technological world

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"CRYSTAL KEEPERS: Five Kingdoms, Book 3," by Brandon Mull, Aladdin, $17.99, 496 pages (f) (ages 10 and up)

Cole Randolph has miraculously made it to two of the five kingdoms in the Outskirts in the Five Kingdoms series. He and his comrades are still in search of the High King's five daughters so the daughters' stolen powers can be retrieved and used to defeat the evil High King.

Thus far, two of the daughters have been found. Now, Cole and his group are on their way to a third kingdom, Zeropolis, where a third daughter is rumored to be. "Crystal Keepers," the third book in the Five Kingdoms series by Utah native Brandon Mull, is scheduled to be released March 17.

The kingdom of Zeropolis might just be the group's undoing. Similar to Earth, it is littered with advanced technologies and robots, which could either be working on the same side as Cole, known as the resistance, or with Abram Trench, the one Grand Shaper who is loyal to the High King and controls much of what happens in the kingdom of Zeropolis.

The resistance is headed by the Crystal Keepers, a slew of young people who use the technology of Zeropolis to their advantage. The Crystal Keepers all have unique talents that lend to the operation of finding Constance, the third daughter.

Cole is also still searching for his friends who were sucked into the Outskirts with him through a passage while they were still living in Mesa, Arizona. So far, he has found his best friend Dalton, but the others could be in any of the five kingdoms and working for either the resistance or the High King.

Cole is now an integral part of the operation against the High King. As he searches for the daughters, stays on the run from the Hunter and significantly contributes to the resistance, he learns more of the strongest powers in the Zeropolitan government and, in turn, the secrets of the High King and those who work with him.

Mull continues to impress with his incredible breadth of imagination, this time mixing elements of fantasy and science fiction in "Crystal Keepers."

"Crystal Keepers" contains some violence and killing described in an age-appropriate way. There isn't any swearing or sexual content.

If you go ...

What: "Crystal Keepers" launch event with Brandon Mull, DC Comedy, Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (Cragbridge Hall series) and Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners series)

When: Friday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cottonwood High School, 5715 S. 1300 East, Murray

Web: brandonmull.com

Also ...

What: Brandon Mull book signing

When: Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.

Where: Barnes and Noble, University Crossings Plaza, 330 E. 1300 South, Orem

Web: barnesandnoble.com

Also ...

When: Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

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