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Sarah Stegall is the author of the Phantom Partners mystery series (Deadfall, Deadwater, and the upcoming Deadbox), as well as the science fiction novel Chimera and the young adult SF novel Farside. She has also been reviewing science fiction and fantasy television, books and movies since 1994 for major outlets such as TVGuide Online and SFScope.com. She researched and helped write the first three Official Guides to The X-Files, and wrote online content for TV Guide for four years. She currently resides in Northern California. Her web site is at http://www.munchkyn.com.
YA readers can find the same excitement, adventure, sense of discovery and fun with the computer savvy, "nanotechnology" available to the geeks of this lunar colony. The author demonstrated that it is not just magic,witchcraft, spells and wizardry that can capture the imagination of youth. This story is strikingly contrasted to Golding's, "Lord of the Flies," where individual differences nearly destroyed the group. Here those individual differences worked to advance the story. This story is forward to the future. The author takes the inquiring, exploratory, fearless nature of youth and merges it with technology to create a story that is engaging and rivets with suspense and tension. The author effectively uses three teens and a robot to provides a clinic on what it means to work cooperatively for their own survival. While at the same time, finding ways to deal with challenges and dangers that were totally foreign. Their lunar discoveries benefited the entire colony in two significant ways. I do not want to summarize the story as it was crisply told by the author but their startling discoveries were far reaching in terms of their colony. This is an imaginative and wonderfully engaging story. I suspect we will hear more from these "luna geeks".
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Here is the story of three teens, two of whom detest each other. We have a brave Hawaiian boy, a spunky Japanese girl, and a pompous jerk. When an asteroid hits the moonbase where their parents work, all three must band together to cross into the mysterious dark side of the moon, seeking their only path to saving their loved ones. Their only help comes from the antique land rover abandoned on the moon by the first mission a century before, and a tiny party robot with a disco strobe light. This book is all action from beginning to end, and as such, a big draw for the Percy Jackson and Hunger Games crowd. The characters are fun, delightful, and more to the point, REAL. Though their mission is straightforward, their courage through trials and pitfalls makes this a real page turner. A light easy read like the Heinlein Juveniles. Enjoy!
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