As it turns out, getting rid of all those giants wasn’t such a great idea. It turns out they wake up to do something important. There are sink holes opening all over Florida. The air inside of them smells like methane and little black wriggly things are in the sinkholes.
When Jared, Simon, Mallory, Nick, Jules, and Laurie find this out, they all get together. Cindi can’t come along because she’s grounded forever apparently. They know they have to lure the giants out of the water, but aren’t really sure what to do until they go to Jack’s house. There they find some Nixie’s in a kiddie pool. They take the nixies along and tell them they have to sing in order for the kids to take them back to a stream. The nixies do sing and the giants are lured out.
It turns out all those black wormy things turn into Hydras when they get their tails stuck together, but Sandspur just loves the way they taste. He starts eating them up, but also accidentally eats Nick. Jack’s son shows up to help fight the wyrms as well. The giants go from hole the hold eating the wyrms. Meanwhile, Nick and Laurie’s parents must decide if they want to stay a family.
What I liked
I didn’t know that Hydras had any particular origin myth, but if they do, I don’t think this is how hydras are born. I could be wrong, but it has been a while since I’ve studied any Greek mythology. I don’t really like this; I just think it’s whimsical that Hydras could be balls of snakes, or whatever, stuck together.
What I didn’t like
This story sounds gross. I don’t really like the idea of great balls of wriggly things joining up. I will say this though, the rat king thing mentioned in the story is true. It really happens. There are occasions in which rats get their tails tangled together and none of them can get loose. I know it sounds really gross and weird, but sometimes real life is stranger than any fiction. I didn’t know this type of thing existed until I read an article about creepy things that are real. So, if you have a bunch of rats, don’t let all their tails get tangled up.
These stories sound like they could be Jim Henson Muppet movies. Remember some of the gross and weird-looking Jim Henson creatures from the 1980s? Yeah, this book could be that.
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