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- Print Length: 270 pages
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- Publication Date: April 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DQFIBMY
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The bad: Must every story bemoan what lousy stewards we've been of our planet? Do we really need yet another reminder of how climate change is going to wreck us? (On that subject, Michael Crichton's _State Of Fear_ provides a fascinating counterpoint.) And if a hungry dinosaur is attacking me, I'd have no qualms at all about killing it, even if it's only acting according to instinct and I shouldn't fault it for that.
Anyway. If you can overlook these things, it is a YA thrill ride of a different kind, and for that the author deserves credit.
‘What if we’re not the first human civilization to walk the earth?’
And then things really turn nasty: the dinosaur comes to life, ridden by an alien rider who kills everyone within sight. Jasper, hidden from sight, is the only survivor. Shortly afterwards, Jasper meets another alien, a female named Io. The story she has to tell Jasper is complicated, and involves a quest to prevent the alien rider from achieving his goal. Jasper decides to help.
What is the quest? Will Io and Jasper be successful? What is the history, the connection between these aliens and the human race?
‘The Dinosaur Saddle’ is a fairly fast-moving science fantasy novel aimed at young adults, and is quite different from the other Jack Geurts novel I have read. While ‘And of the Son’ is more my kind of novel, I enjoyed ‘The Dinosaur Saddle’. There are a number of twists and turns, a number of steps on the quest that Jasper and Io undertake. It made me wonder … what if ….
And if you’ve ever wondered about a world in which dinosaurs were just a little bit domesticated, and where ancient buildings may serve other purposes, then this may be a book you’d enjoy.
The Dinosaur Saddle can only be described as "thrilling" and "unique". Jurassic Park meets National Treasure with a hint of Aliens in this quest to save mankind.
One of the best written novels I've read in a very long time, The Dinosaur Saddle fights for your attention and once it's won, doesn't easily let go. From page one we are thrown into some graphic action which can be summed up by saying, "Jurassic Park grade action", and though it's very intense and excellently written, it's only found this graphic in the beginning and end of the book. However, the middle is not void of action by any means, it's just considerably lower and found in different ways.
There are absolutely no sexual scenes whatsoever, and the only cussing present were the words "d**n" and "h**l", both said about an average of 5 or 6 times each.
The morals present are inspiring and thought provoking, and there is A LOT of history presented throughout this story. The only aspect of this book that I don't care for is the amount of support it gives to evolution. The entire storyline circles around the "survival of the fittest" and how the dinosaurs were "wiped out by an asteroid", but these things are to be expected whenever dealing with dinosaurs so I'm not going to rag on it too much.
So overall, even though I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, to the point that it is probably among my favorites, I am only going to give it 4 out of 5 stars because of the amount of evolution present. But, for fans of Jurassic Park, this is a "must read" and it won't easily disappoint.
This review was originally posted on Literature Approved. ([...])
You follow the tale of a boy lost, too a boy found. The book weaves it's magic, giving you every feeling you're right there in the story.