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The Far Horizon: Science Fiction for kids 9-12 Kindle Edition

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I'd recommend it to confident readers and those who like their science fiction a little more real and a little less 'Jimmy Neutron'.

Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series

From the Author

This is a book for anyone from the age of ten and up.

When my children were in late primary school, I used to read lots to them, and one thing that used to bug me was that there is a lot of fantasy for younger readers, but hardly any science fiction that is not humorous.

I wrote this book with parents reading to their children in mind. While the subject matter can be understood by children, I've aimed--much in the way popular animated movies do--to include remarks that hint at a deeper meaning so that adults who read this book will enjoy it was well. As you can see in the reviews, this has proven to be the case.

If you've enjoyed this book, there is more. Cory Wilson, the main character of this book, returns in my very adult novel series Ambassador.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Capricornica Publications (January 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U6WO90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patty lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has published over 15 novels and has sold short stories to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look behind her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout.

Want to keep up-to-date with Patty's fiction? Join the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/qqlAb

Patty is on Twitter (@pattyjansen), Facebook, LinkedIn, goodreads, LibraryThing, google+ and blogs at: http://pattyjansen.com/

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Characters

Cory is a 10 year old boy who finds himself in over his head when he moves to Midway Space station with his father. Though I like Cory as a character, I believe he should have been a bit older because, as someone who has way too much experience working with children, I don't see how any child, even one in the future, could be as intuitive and clever as Cory at only 10 years of age.

John is Cory's father and the new Station Director at Midway Station. He is a serious man who very much loves his family, and is passionate about his political beliefs.

Erith, Cory's new stepmother who also happens to be an alien, is a bit of a confusing character. She is portrayed to be someone who cares only about technology and facts, and has no knowledge of how to be part of a family. However I later learned that she feels with more emotion than I had thought possible for her character. The more I read of Erith, the more I liked her.

Plot

The plot starts off slow. I found myself reading about a whiny child who was upset about his father re-marrying, and I was sure after the first 5 or so pages that I wouldn't enjoy the book. However, the book rapidly picks up pace and does not slow down, and I am very very glad I did not stop reading. The story's ending was action-packed and full of suspense.

Design

The book's cover will absolutely attract a younger fan-base. Olivia Kernot, the designer, did an excellent job.

World Building

I like that Jansen doesn't take the world building too far. She gives just enough of a description of the space station to put an image in your head, but doesn't deter from the storyline to do it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Beard on June 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Far Horizon, by Patty Jansen, is a fantastic novel with the misfortune of a very poor cover and a somewhat slow start. In the novel, we meet 10 year-old Cory who has suffered through the death of his mother and now must watch his father remarry. To make matters worse, his father is marrying a female from another planet. The story touches on the transition a child must make when adding new people to the family, along with the racial and social implications of such a marriage. When the danger surrounding the move to a space station and terrorist attacks was added to the strong character elements and intriguing thematic explorations, the book proved to be a page turner.

Cover Art: 2 Stars
Although the cover does accurately show what the book is about, the overall effect is very amateurish, mainly due to the picture of the boy and its relation to the background.

Note to the readers: Don't ruin the book by reading the description on Amazon. I feel that entirely too much is given away in the product description, and it will spoil parts of the book for you.

Characters: 5 Stars
It is not often that I can say the characters were just perfect, but I loved the different characters. I was so very surprised by how distinct and varied they were. Generally, it seems like supporting characters often end up as some variant of the main character, but this book managed to avoid that entirely. In the end, I really cared what happened to the characters and was sad to say goodbye to them.

Plot: 4 Stars
Despite how much I liked the book, there were some problems with the beginning. I felt that it took way too long to hook me, especially for a middle grade book. Although there was a short action scene in the beginning, it could have been emphasized more.
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Cory Wilson wasn't happy when his father married Erith, an alien from the Union. However, when Cory's father was assigned to Midway Space Station, Cory never thought the residents would hate the aliens as much as they did. When he stumbles upon a plan to harm the delegates at an important human-alien conference happening on the station, nobody believes him. Will Cory be able to convince his father and the delegates that someone is trying to sabotage the talks before it is too late?

Mom's Review:

Patty Jansen did a fantastic job telling the story of a young boy who lost his mother and gained a stepmother at the same time he moved to another world. I thought the characters were well written, matching their age and personality perfectly. This very well could have been any child trying to fit into a new school in a new town. Jansen also did well in describing the conflicted feelings that Cory felt when his father remarried and when Cory's stepmother had a difficult time adjusting to the new life.

The storyline was exciting! Cory may have had a rough time making friends with the kids on the station at first, but he stayed true to himself and showed them that he was a good person and could be a good friend. As he unraveled the mystery of the terrorists on the station and their plot to sabotage the conference, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Cory is very much that boy that mothers want our boys to be: honest, caring, trustworthy, and willing to fight for what he knows is right. I couldn't wait to hand the book to my 11 year old son to read!

Son's Review:

I like this book because it's full of mystery and excitement, and I like those things in a book.
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