Monday, January 18, 2010

Explorer X-Alpha

Explorer X - Alpha
by L.M. Preston

# of pages: 368
Age range: 11+
Rating: 4/5

For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.

It has been a long time since I have read a true sci-fi fantasy, so it was a bit surprising at first to be thrown into this completely different world. It definitely made you think, what if I were there? Or what if this actually happened? I love a book that gets your mind reeling.

The plot was fresh and original and I thought that the writing was very impressive for a debut author. The dialogue was a bit stiff sometimes but overall pretty good considering the time, place, etc.

I loved how strong the characters were. Physically, they made me want to hit the gym and bulk up. Mentally, they made me reconsider being immature towards any younger siblings. They are definitely characters that are inspiring.

Overall the book was an intense, fun, read, and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Other books you may like:

Numbers by Rachel Ward
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
The Line by Teri Hall
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

check out L.M. Preston here

-M.