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The Boy Who Spoke to Stars (The Astral Strings Series Book 1) by [Miles, Reuben]
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THE BOY WHO SPOKE TO STARS is a vivid narrative that defies easy description, breaks away from expectation, and leaves intriguing puzzles even after the plot twists have been revealed. Moreover, it wraps its restless plot in rich description that evokes wonder without ever starting to drag. Give it a look! --Greg Stolze, author of Godlike

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 095762719X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ghostwoods Books; 1 edition (1 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F1X15UY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are lots of middle grade boy/girl double acts in which the heroes have to embark on a quest of understanding and discovery in order to save themselves, their families or the world. Since that sounds a lot like a romantic and exciting version of adolescent life in general I'm good with that framework, understand its popularity, and applaud any author who can bring something fresh to the game.

Reuben Miles does give us a fresh treatment, and his book appeals in unexpected ways. Here's the setup. Our heroes, Kasper and Loki, are cousins. Kasper's Dad just disappears and then Kasper's Mom is hauled away in mini-Kafka style. Loki's parents are murdered. The kids, (thirteen and fourteen), have to go on the run and figure out what weird conspiracy/crime/fantasy/mystery is behind this course of events. Now, you could give them a funny sidekick and send them off to find a thingy. Nope. You could give them a Gandalf-style mentor and send them off. Nope. You could hook them up with a renegade band of zombie/ghost/werecreature hunters and have an urban adventure creature hunt. Nope. You could toss in some fairies, or maybe a war in a parallel universe. Nope.

This book goes head trip and astral. MILD INDIRECT SPOILERS. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, - like quantum mechanics, entanglement theory, the multiverse, astrophysics. There is also the mythic and the ineffable and marvelous lurking around the corner. There is something going on with the stars themselves, and Kasper's family, and now Kasper and Loki, are in the middle of it whether they like it, (or understand it), or not.

This book does at least three things really well. It plays with plot devices that could be shallow, hokey and touchy-feely, and it makes them work.
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I read a lot of books and a lot of books aren’t very good. So, I get very excited when I find a gem like this one. From start to finish it is a captivating read. It immerses you in its world with its twists and turns. I read the whole book in just under 2 days! I couldn’t put it down. Reuben has created a truly unique story, appealing to all ages. This is the first book of the trilogy and I’m eager to find out what happens next. In my opinion, the book has huge cinematic potential and I would love to see it on the big screen. What an inspiring debut novel from this new author.
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I'm not sure what I was expecting from the title. Something a little whimsical perhaps? Instead we are on a scary roller-coaster ride from almost the very start (a deceptively 'normal' day out to see the solar eclipse). I'm a slow reader but I really did have to keep going, turning the pages relentlessly to find out the next gut-wrenching development, and the next, and .... surely things were going to get better at some point? And so on to the very end, which I mustn't spoil.
Reuben Miles manages to blend the excitement and danger of a classic fantasy/adventure story with the intelligent inner worlds, the dreams, compulsions, emotions, of the main protagonists, cousins Kaspar and Loki. And with the cosmos itself!
I don't remember being as scared since reading Pullman's His Dark Materials. How he is going to follow this with the next parts of the trilogy I have no idea!
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What an excellent book. Sci-fi flavoured adventure with twists and turns and fascinating thought provoking concepts throughout. Would recommend to everyone from early teens onward, and eagerly await the sequel.
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