- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (July 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076534243X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765342430
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dark Side of Nowhere Mass Market Paperback – July 14, 2002
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There are many questions that Jason wants answered, and as he progresses through the story he finds out that the question "Who Am I?" is sometimes a more difficult question to answer than one might believe.
This book is definitely great for a younger reader who is interested in books that cover the spectrum of fantasy and science-fiction. It also seems to fit into the category of the "reluctant" reader because it is a story that captures a good deal of imagination. I actually ended up buying the unabridged audio cassette for this book because I wanted to use this for one of the classes that I teach. The narration of the book on the cassette is done fairly accurately, but it is the same person reading the entire book, meaning all the parts, male or female, and at times the reader does not seem to change his voice to "become" other characters.
Overall, it is a fairly simple story, but it is a quick easy read, and it should interest most teenage readers who might not be interested in the classics. Those who want a little more depth to a story (and a little more believability in a story) might want to pass, however.
Rating: 3 ½ stars
The premise of this story is one that would be difficult to pull off believably, but Neal Schusterman manages to do it. In fact, one of the reasons I keep rereading this book is to enjoy how stunningly he pulls off the setting, along with everything else.
Over the past ten years, my brother and I have fought over this book so many times that I had to buy him his own copy. (He refused to give me my own book back otherwise!) I've loaned it to friends, all of whom have loved it. I've recommended it to strangers. I've snatched up other books by this auther, whenever I've come across them. And the best part about that last thing? I've never been disappointed. I think The Dark Side of Nowhere is still my favorite book by Neal Schusterman, but all of his other books have been terrific, too. He is one talented writer and terrific storyteller!