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- File Size: 447 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461091543
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Flying Island Press (1 Jun. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054R6LVQ
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Things start happening right away when Ginnie, who serves as the communications officer for her dad's ship, notices something's not quite right. As they approach their destination, they're met with silence. The mystery begins.
On the desert plant's surface, they find the colonists missing with everything set as if they were suddenly taken. A very eery atmosphere as the away team looks for clues as to where they might've gone. The story progresses at a quick pace with aliens, a mystery object, and confrontation with the military. Where have the colonists gone? What does the military want so badly? What are the alien's motives? Is the object the key to the mystery or just a pretty piece of art?
Scott does an excellent job of creating a colorful world with interesting characters. I read this while on my exercise machine, which made that chore go by very quickly. In fact, I'd often go a few more minutes to finish a chapter. While there are a few tiny things that may bother some readers, I understood the target audience for this story and easily overlooked them.
Conclusion: this is a fun, quick read that kids are sure to like as well as adults who enjoy a trip back to their youth. I hope there will be more adventures with this interesting young lady.
I really liked what the artifact did. It was very cool idea. Mr. Roche brings these kind of nuggets to the table for readers to explore and appreciate. He's done this in past stories and I expect more of the same in the future. My only argument with Mr. Roche that he tends to take his time to get the party started. Once the party does start, Mr. Roche fires on all cylinders. I have read previous stories by Mr. Roche an I have gotten use to his style and I've come to accept it. New readers may rightfully be turned off by this style. They will be missing out if they do.
Young readers will definitely like the book.
The characters are folks you care about, the aliens were imaginatively alien. The most fun was to see Scott's interpretation of what an alien mind will think of us and our ways. In true Gene Rodenberry fashion, being human is at the same time something to be loathed, and something to be astounded at in a positive way.
Can't wait to read the next installment.
Despite advance notice in the form of some comments in the book's information, it took me a while to figure out why the name "Ginnie (Virginia) Dare" seemed familiar. Mr. Roche has taken inspiration from the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, VA, and named his main character after a girl from that colony (I think "inspiration" is the best way to put it--this is far from a retelling of the story).
Ginnie is the 13-year-old (?) communications officer on her father's interplanetary merchant ship, and is definitely smart and able beyond her years. This may require a certain willing suspension of disbelief, but I consider that pretty normal for young heroes, and Roche carries it off convincingly. Ginnie is by turns over-confident and painfully aware of and/or annoyed by her own youth and inexperience.
When the Dare Company ship Helena arrives at the planet Eshu, they can't find the colonists. What they do about it and how Ginnie manages to negotiate between the natives, the military, and a crew of pirates drives the story.
The story caught me up pretty well by about the mid-point, but I did feel it was a little slow to start. In part, I was put off by a font that didn't work well on my Nook, resulting in text that was jammed together and a little hard to read. That is minor and Mr. Roche is working on it. But the story doesn't really take off in any case until the military shows up and there is some conflict to offset the original mystery. The mystery presenting itself without anything concrete to be done resulted in too much thinking and not enough action (though of course in life more thinking and less action is often a better choice, I find this is not really true in the first chapters of a book).
If I were just rating Ginnie Dare on the second half, I would give it four stars, free and clear. The slow beginning, however, leads me to knock it down to three and a half stars. An impatient 11-year-old might put it down before getting to the heart of the adventure, but continued reading will be rewarded.
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