Pilgrennon's Beacon (Pilgrennon's Children) Paperback – 1 Jan 2011
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From the Publisher
A YA technothriller, first volume of a new 4-part series.
About the Author
Manda Benson is an ex-research scientist from the Midlands, England.
Top Customer Reviews
One of the many things I liked about this book is the charcters. The main characters evolve as the story goes on, the autistic children are completely believable and even the villans think they're heroes. That makes you care much more about what happens.
I could put it down, but I didn't want to.
When an attack at school sends Dana to the hospital for an overnight stay, she picks up on a distant computer signal that seems to be offering her a safe haven: Pilgerennon's Beacon, calling the subjects of his experiment to the isolated island where he's hiding out. She soon finds herself involved with Jananin Blake, a brilliant physicist and the inventor of the gadget in Dana's brain. Jananin hates Pilgrennon, and is appalled by his experiments, which included unauthorized use of her invention. But her own moral compass is as skewed as Pilgrennon's.
The adventure that follows is like a mad roller-coaster ride, with Dana caught between the two scientists, wondering whether she can trust either of them, finding herself in circumstances that demand she stretch her abilities to the fullest. It's a trip down the rabbit hole, with forays into the world of virtual reality.
This is a thriller, an action-adventure book complete with world-wide conspiracies, chase scenes, a dollop of fighting and explosions, mysteries and madness. But there's tenderness as well, little acts of caring, touches of pathos. Through it all, we see the two scientists gradually changing, as Dana struggles to make sense of a world that too often "doesn't compute."
It's a hard book to put down, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.
Think Jonny Mnemonic crossed with the Railway Children and you're a third of the way there. The main themes seems to be about ethics in science and about humanity losing what it means to be human, whilst machines become more sentient.
This is a well written, thought provoking piece, with unexpected plot twists that sustain interest throughout the novel. The author has also thoughtfully included deleted scenes at the end for those who want to go a little deeper. The action scenes are a little rushed, but overall a very decent read.
By Noor A Jahangir
The Changeling King (The Trollking Saga)
brilliant work manda cant wait for the next one in the series.