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Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who thinks that this is a book for young adults only need have no worries. I'm certainly not 'young adult', being in my mid-fifties, and would recommend the series to anyone. If it was aimed at the young adult market I can only say good because it meant that I was spared the gratuitous, often obligatory, sex scenes which many novels have.
I loved this series.
I really enjoyed these books. I liked the main character, and that's what carried the series for me. The books are very much about that character - don't expect the plot to advance quickly or to have non-stop nail-biting action. That being the case, you probably should read the sample and decide if you like the main character or not before buying.
One thing which I was unsure about when starting these books was the choice of a diary format. I've always struggled with books in this format, from Dracula onwards, because a diary entry is removed in time from the events it describes. That additional barrier between the reader and events often, I think, makes it hard to engage with the story. On the other hand, it does give more access to the inner thoughts and feelings of the main character / diary writer. As the main character was what sold these books to me, I think that this is a rare case where a fictional diary actually works.
So what was good? First, and sorry to be nationist, she isn't American but Australian (which explains how she has some bushcraft), shes got normal teenage reactions to many things but is intelligent with it (various references to poetry and philosophy show the Aus are giving a good education), its well written and sets well into an alien environment that resembles our own but differs in many details.
As I said, its quite traditional sci-fi involving wormholes, gates to other 'dimensions' (I never worked out exactly what these were), fighting off monster attacks ( again, I know the monsters existed as threats but how and why wasn't clear; and why were parties sent to kill them when they were known to regenerate and would have to be killed again?).
This is volume 1 and I'm not sure how the story will sustain for another two, but I will buy the next and see.
Overall it's a good try at showing how an intelligent teenager might adapt to an environment where language, ways of living and history are totally new and face physical and well- being threats. Some nice moral issues addressed as well.
The reason it lost half a star for me, was that the final book was not needed, but was a very happy ever after... Without any real action, but still great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading is fun. This involves another world, different language, interesting characters. Not into fighting stuff but interesting to read. Eager for more!Published 5 months ago by Cat
This was one of the best books I've ever read - the main character is so hilarious and makes the whole journey so much more entertaining. Highly recommend this series to anyone!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Caterina Trench Vidale
I really enjoyed reading this series. The only annoying thing was that it ended.
I liked how the characters learnt to deal with change. Read more
To my surprise this has become one of my favourite series (technically a trilogy with a wonderfully indulgent epilogue). Read morePublished 14 months ago by FluBee
Very interesting, really enjoyed. A grown up approach to the young adult genre. 5 stars! Would recommended to anyone who likes space and science.Published 18 months ago by Jamie-Lee Holland
If I'm honest, I wouldn't have thought that a teenager's diary could be that clever a format... But it is. Didn't want book one to end. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Manda Denny
Excellent story, I couldn't put this down until I'd read it all. Now I have to hope book 2 goes a bit cheaper!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. I really loved it and I have no idea why - but I found it totally compelling. I'm now at the beginning of the third book in the series and I'm still engrossed. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andy
I am reviewed all these books before but I just wanted to take the time to do so again. Wonderful books - they have to be made into a movie.Published on 18 May 2015 by Auroraliss
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