Claim to Fame is a book with a pretty interesting concept but ultimately questionable execution. Everything is wrapped up a little too neatly, a little too hastily. With Haddix's popular Shadow Children series, the length of the story gave us the opportunity to really delve into the depths of her created world. Here, she created a world but didn't seem to have enough time to fully explore it. Some of the characters and plot points ultimately seemed entirely unnecessary upon the book's conclusion, and it just seemed like the story was trying to do too much. It had some pretty cool plot twists, but fell flat overall.
"there are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. but i prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well worth staying up all night to finish"--lemony snicket