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The Far Horizon: Science Fiction for kids 9-12 by [Jansen, Patty]
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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: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987200941
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Capricornica Publications (January 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U6WO90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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What a refreshing SciFi story! I loved this book; as an adult it is a quick and entertaining read and I will certainly recommend it to young readers. I love dystopian stories as much as the next person but we also need SciFi books with a more hopeful view of the future to inspire young people. Instead of aliens out to obliterate the earth and earthlings doing battle with anything alien, how about we work together!? Well done Ms. Jansen, please write more stories for young readers!
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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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It's not easy to find a good science fiction story for children (that is, not naive or full of cliches). I found this one refreshing in many ways. The protagonist is well depicted and his reactions are realistic. Every character is believable. The descriptions of the station and its technology are interesting and with the right amount of detail (not an easy task, since children are easily bored). I've especially appreciated the world-building and (what we get to know about) alien cultures. It's definitely a universe I'd like to explore further.
The plot is simple, with no big surprises, but I think it's perfect for the target age. However, I think it needed more action. The ending is satisfying, but I believe this kind of stories should have a faster pace to keep readers (especially readers in that age range) interested.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This little book just got better and better. It's good, old-fashioned science fiction, the kind that's just perfect for curling up with.

With a ten-year old hero, I guess the book qualifies as YA or middle grade. But it kept my interest all the way through, with good, complex characters, and a story-line busy enough for the adult mind. The space station setting is accurate and rich, and portrayed quite well through the story, without pages and pages of exposition to "describe" everything.

In this well-developed world, humans are struggling to establish their presence in space, simultaneously helped and hindered by a more-advanced species. Ten-year-old Cory Wilson literally lives with this reality - his father is Director of the space station and his new stepmother is one of the aliens. Cory is not happy about his new life, but when he stumbles upon a terrorist plot to bomb the station, he has to act fast... and learns a lot of truths along the way.

Highly recommended.
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