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When I started reading the story, it reminded me too much of my first efforts. Which is not a good thing. I’m actually surprised it won an award written this way. I can tell it’s never been through an editor or proofreader’s hands as the writing is weak and repetitive. I almost gave up on it several times, but it had a good story line, so I pushed on. Since this book has been on in my TBR pile for so long, I did go and look at the sample on Amazon, hoping a cleaner edition had been published. Nope. Nada.
This is a long story that starts on Earth where Theo’s trying to deal with the recent death of his grandfather, the person he’s lived with most of his young life. Weber does have a unique take on how Theo ends up being invited to join an alien agency out in space. The technology Weber envisions is our possible future. But, Weber goes into too much detail about the technology. Like I said before, if you like hard sci-fi, you would love this stuff. Unfortunately, most of it could’ve been edited out as it did not advance the plot, but bogged down the flow of the story.
The different species Theo finds on Polisium Prime are also unique and different. His instructors are Orientator and First Mentor, two opposite personalities. Theo also meets up with several other children that were invited from Earth to become emissaries for their planet. Even though they were from different countries, they all talked like Theo, which only made them an extension of himself. There is a somewhat love interest between Theo and Ruby, but when a new girl is introduced at the end, all eyes are on her. Kinda a typical teen romance we see everywhere. The girl the boy should be with isn’t the one he wants, until the end, which we won’t know unless we buy the next book.
Once Theo goes on his first secret mission, the action really ramps up. Well, as much as it can with weak writing. There is a prologue in the book that is actually where the action starts, and I wonder if the story shouldn’t have started there to begin with. That’s what a good editor is for. Anyway, Theo has many choices to make and there are a lot of unanswered questions. Sadly, I won’t be going forward with the series.
If you love a romp through space to meet some interesting alien life-forms, and you don’t mind needless prose, you might find this story entertaining. I give it 3 space ships.
As with many SF stories it aches for visuals. The descriptions encompass the full spectrum of possible technologies and are displayed such that a clever, curious young person could enjoy reading about them. It would fit the silver screen beautifully. The wealth of lengthy, detailed description could easily be spun into a positive series for young people. On a slightly negative note, the passages of discovery are, at times, too long and drawn out. I believe the book would benefit from illustrations, especially as the target audience is YA.
Spielberg's visuals are situated in a `Hardy Boys' dynamic flavoured by English values. Impeccable prose decorate this well-managed, complex plot. A beautiful read! It should be an audio book too.
I can sense that this is a fine start to an amazing series. The story revolves around Theo, a regular boy who gets thrown into a world that is new to him and one he must learn to exist in. The settings and background in the book are vivid and detailed and you can actually see the scene unfold in front of you. Reading the book was like watching a movie, the reel unspooling in your head.
The author does not make the book all about the adventure. It is a coming of age novel with real life issues that a teenager has to deal with. It is insightful and youngsters will empathise with the young hero and all that life throws at him.
And then there is the adventure, thrilling and well written, which has you turning pages and reading late into the night to find out where Theo ends up. I do love sci-fi and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this fantastic series by this talented author.
The title of this book intrigued me, which is why I decided to read it. The concept and content of the story did not disappoint. It is a good read, with plenty of action and mystery. I found the addition of the computer responses in text a little irritating, and the prolonged following of clues a pain. As were the mental uncertainties of the hero. I was disappointed by the fact that such a friend as Jules had appeared to be was discarded early in the book, and then hardly thought of again. There are a number of places where words are missing and small grammatical errors exist, but my review of the story is positive and I give four stars.
Robert A.V. Jacobs, Author of As a Consequence
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