Good story, very compelling and well paced. But the real treat is the actor voicing this book. He really does a superlative job. All characters are distinct, he doesn't ever fall into a stable or boring cadence and is generally very inobtrusive.
Perfect mix of action, Sci-Fi, and technology.. Great buildup, and rare to find a book with so many intelligent characters that make logical decisions. The finish just send a bit lackluster considering the scope of the book
The book would be a good choice for early learners in middle school. It's fast paced, and completely without character development. It may be more advanced then the Bobbsey Twins, but not much. I wasn't able to read it, but might recommend the book to my grandson.
I enjoyed it, it moved along nicely, no real sex scenes, & I liked the characters. I am near retirement age, but was pleasantly surprised despite the Young Adult themes. I do want to hear the next in series, but won't pay a full credit for it. Already have almost 600 & have heard 260-270 books. This one held my interest. Perhaps more mature adults than I won't like it, though. Take it for what it is. (Review by Rick)
Interesting premise but good lord man, could have -no SHOULD have- edited out a good 40% of the words used. Nothing kills a good story more than blathering on and on, using 15 words when four would have worked.
Good, primarily YA but held my interest as an adult. Extra words to make the required 15.
kept me interested throughout. character motivations were too vague though especially the villians. they obviously intensely evil but I couldn't understand why.. perhaps in later books the author will explain.
I don't usually write bad reviews, but I also have almost never been unable to finish a book...
The Book follows 3 teens who are so cookie cutter 'Disney channel' characters that its hard to take them seriously as real people. They start having 'Adventures' in discovering alien tech, and spying on the government without ever really explaining what their motivations are. In one chapter, they are just sending up a drone to spy on a government facility. There is no explanation as to why they are doing this, or what they are looking for, it's just what's happening. Predictably the drone crashes on the base and is seized. The director of the facility decides to keep it in his office, which makes zero sense, but it happens so the kids can spy on him with the camera that's still running on it. It's non-logic action, after non-logic action over and over again to further the plot, which would be fine if the dialogue were not so bad. The characters are constantly explaining things to each other that the reader already knows. 2 characters will see a thing happen, in detail, then they will go to the third character and explain in the same detail everything that happened AGAIN. Is the author paid by the word? He also started repeating himself between the end of a chapter and the beginning of the next chapter like you were coming back from commercial break. The whole thing reads like young adult sci fi but with some pretty borderline adult material thrown in like a graphic beheading, disembowelment, and implied rape scenes... so caution before handing this off to your kids. The only enjoyable part of this book for me was their discussion on practical science, and science theories, which were pretty solid. Though at times they got to repeating even that stuff several times in what I can only assume was padding for a longer book. I don't know about the rest of the books in this series, I couldn't finish this one. I tried a few times to just grit my teeth and grind through it but when I realized I only have 2 hours left and NOTHING has progressed or even begun to be wrapped up I deleted it. They are going to leave a ton of things open ended and I have no intention on following up with book 2.
This isn't a beach read, but you will feel smarter! I appreciated the science, but thought it got a little too science-vs-story heavy toward the end. Lots of loose ends and intrigue to propel me to the next book though!