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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1 edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765334283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 5-8-Thirteen-year-old Mason is on the SS Egypt when it is boarded by the mysterious Earth enemies, the Tremist. They are more technologically advanced than the ESC (Earth Space Command) and have always been victorious in past battles. The Tremist take over the ship, except for 18 cadets, led by Mason. The cadets must retake the ship and save Earth in the process. Thanks to Mason's quick thinking and leadership skills, his team has high-action adventures throughout the galaxy. Along the way there are some conflicts with another cadet, Tom, as well as a nascent romance between Mason and Merrin. Full-page illustrations appear throughout. This book will appeal to science-fiction fans, especially those who are enthusiastic about the upcoming movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (Tor, 1985). In fact, the rights to this book have already been optioned by Warner Brothers; this is not surprising as the book reads very much like it was written with the sale of film rights in mind.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“Moves at warp speed, a riveting story with characters so finely drawn that I wonder if Dan Krokos actually is an alien.”Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series

“Exciting, kinetic and very visual—my favorite kind of book, a vivid movie in the reader's head, with some terrific special effects and characters to root for all the way. I'm dying to know what's next for Mason and Merrin—not to mention ESC and the sinister but complex Tremist.”—Gillian Phillip, writing as New York Times bestselling author Erin Hunter of the Survivor series

More About the Author

After pumping gas for nine years to put himself through college, Dan Krokos, now twenty-six, became a full-time writer. He enjoys watching TV, playing MMORPGs, and drinking coffee. Currently, he's hard at work on the next book in Miranda's journey. Follow his antics on twitter (@DanKrokos)

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I especially love how the main characters face one obstacle after another.
A. Northrup
Overall, The Planet Thieves is a must read for middle grade fans and also for readers who loved Dan Krokos' young adult book.
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The book suffers a bit from some implausibility as well, both in terms of character and plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos, is the first in a new YA science fiction series set in a far future during a half-century-old interplanetary war between humanity and a mysterious race known as the Tremist. Thirteen-year-old Mason Stark, his best friend Merrin, and his sometime rival Tom Renner, along with another dozen or so cadets are on board the warship SS Egypt for what is supposed to be a routine mission when they are suddenly attacked by a Tremist ship. Soon, Mason and his fellow cadets are on their own, fighting to regain control of their ship, prevent the Tremist from getting hold of a supersecret weapon, and save the Earth.

The novel starts out with a bang (almost literally, as the Egypt is buffeted by the Tremist's surprise attack) and the pace continues at a breakneck speed with our characters being placed in one perilous situation after the other and the stakes continually getting raised (yes, even after the Earth itself is threatened). Twists abound as well, some involving our characters directly and others on a more global (or galactic) scale.

The pace is both a plus and a minus. The Planet Thieves is definitely a younger YA book, probably more of a MG book, and my guess is that many readers of that age will enjoy the piling on of one exciting scene atop another. After a few of these stake-raisings, though, one starts to wonder if we maybe haven't gone one or two too far (I felt this especially for the final one, which felt a bit contrived). Plus, having all these action scenes follow one immediately upon the other doesn't leave a lot of time or room for other aspects of storytelling. The background is very thin, leading to a lot of questions of the "Why didn't . . . " or "Why wouldn't . . . " or "But how . . . " sort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I rarely read middle school novels (adult here), but I read an excerpt and was surprised by the way the story read like adult space opera. If the novel didn't have kids for protagonists, it would be at home in the adult section.

What I liked: This was non-stop action, yet through it we got to know the three main characters and empathize with them. They were human, not always making the right choices, but I understood why they chose as they did. Their choices were actually often bad, though bravely made, but these were kids so it felt realistic that they were in over their heads, doing the best they could. There were also things within the story to make you think, the way a good science fiction story should, about the things in your own life that relate to it. This wasn't brainless adventure.

What was a bit annoying but not a deal breaker: The novel felt like it used a lot of tropes from other books and especially movie sci-fi (when they pulled out the equivalent of light sabres I groaned, though I was happy that the device had different results). However the tropes used were good ones, so I can't complain much when they were that fun to read.

There were also some tech/logic choices that didn't hold up to scrutiny, and you really just need to suspend disbelief to enjoy the story (They're told something has been happening for millions of years, but is going to fail. When? Eighteen minutes. What a coincidence.) Or (they use incredibly complex pieces of engineering that are star gates of a sort to move across space. These are released every time a ship transports and build themselves without error in a matter of minutes. And we couldn't even get a space shuttle to launch without something failing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you have kids and you'd love for them to read more (especially boys) then I would say definitely hand them this book. It's middle grade so it's for younger readers but I think, no I know that adults will enjoy this book, too. I just finished it and it was just such a fun, adventure filled book of kids being the heroes. Plus it's got the sci-fi factor of space and aliens - what kid doesn't love that?

I read this book because I became a fan of Dan Krokos after having read his Young Adult novel, False Memory. Middle Grade is tough to read, as an adult, because it's written for such a young audience but because I really enjoyed his writing I was willing to give this book a chance. I am so glad I decided too.

Mason Stark is a cadet and also a prankster. The cadets do get bored, at times, because they're still learning and still in training but would rather be participating. We all know, as kids (and even adults) how it feels to be a part of something but not truly being allowed to fully participate. It's like being told we're having ice cream cake for dessert but there's only enough for so many so you don't get any tonight. Mason's pranks are usually geared at his older sister (and guardian), Sarah, because he knows she won't truly get angry at him. That's how this book begins. What started as a prank turned in to something much more serious and dangerous. The ESC (Earth Space Command) are enemies with the Tremist whom both are going after a neutral planet both races could survive on and have been battling for such a long time. Tremists overtake the SS Egypt and the battle truly begins for young Mason Stark and his fellow young cadets, like Tom Renner and Merrin Solace.
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