This book did exactly what I thought it would: it filled in a lot of blanks in the Descendants 2 movie. Obviously, those who did read this before watching the movie were already in the know. However, I was not one of those people so as I was reading, I was able to connect what happened in the book to what happened in the movie. It was pretty cool having all those “aha!” moments.
The story focuses on the rivalry between Mal and Uma. At the start of the book, I was given the history of the 2 girls. Apparently, they were wicked friends first causing all sorts of mischief across the Isle. But one day, their friendship came to a screeching halt when a mischievous plot didn’t go according to plan. As a result, the girls became nemeses and kept to their sides of the Isle. However, Uma could never seem to be as wicked or rotten as the daughter of Maleficent, the queen of the Isle and that feeling of being second never sat well with the daughter of Ursula.
Fast forward a few years and Mal is in Auradon enjoying everything that comes with living there and being King Ben’s girlfriend while Uma is still on the Isle working at her mother’s fish and chips shop. However, an opportunity arises for Uma when she hears rumors of King Triton’s trident finding its way to the Isle. She knows this is her chance to bargain her way off the Isle but one little hiccup. How will she get to it?
For Mal, news of the trident somehow crossing the dome towards the Isle of the Lost is not good. She knows that if Uma or anyone on the Isle gets their hands on it, it will cause trouble. So she rallies her troops aka Evie, Carlos and Jay to find a way to get to the trident first. Let the race begin!
Both girls had their challenges to get to the trident. Uma had to get a ride, find a crew, find a way to find the trident before actually finding the trident. Mal had to figure out how she going to handle the situation without getting caught. She’s lucky that her boyfriend is the king and that she has friends who will always come to her aid.
The climax of the book was definitely a power struggle, literally. Both Mal and Uma fought to get the trident using magic. It was pretty intense and it’s a good comparison the rivalry of the girls. Mal always tends to win but Uma is so determined that she won’t stop until she gets what she wants. I think I just gave you a hint as to who got the trident.
Towards the end of the book, scenes that lead toward the movie come about: Mal, Ben, the cotillion and her becoming a lady of the court; Evie, her blooming fashion business and how Mal asked her for help to fit in better; Carlos and his being tongue tied; and Jay joining a new sports team and winning the title of captain. This is where the book and the movie connect.
As I said at the start, this book explained a lot of what has happened before the events of the movie and gives a hint as to what was to come for the movie. You know me and my love for back stories and stories of the events in between. It always clarifies things for me.
I hope that there will be more books and movies for these kids. The adventure isn’t over yet.
That’s all for this post. HAPPY READING!