Fearsome Destiny: Brothers and Sisters (The Fearsome Destiny Series) Paperback – November 9, 2019
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Amiel's creative Fearsome Destiny young adult series launch is a grab bag of history, dimensional travel, teen drama, and suspense. Gallin and Alexine, two modern-day 17-year-olds, are stalked and trapped by an assassin . . . [but then whisked] to 1776 London on the planet Eratha, a 1984-style dystopia where members of the Noblic class secretly fly in stealth aircraft and manipulate the populace through television while medievalesque peasants farm with oxen. Gallin and Alexine discover they are the identical twins of Prince Ro-Gall and his fiancée, Ra-Alex, and were sent to Earth as newborns. . . [to avoid] a law requiring Noblic younger twins to be killed. . . . [About to be sentenced to death, they rely on even more ancient law to] demand a trial by combat . . . [and] manipulate the evil King Groghor into holding the event in Eratha's Philadelphia, where revolution is brewing and the Noblics hold little sway.
Science fiction combines with a juiced-up history lesson in this . . . charming novel. Students of history will enjoy rummaging through the pile of cultural references and spotting differences between Earth and Eratha (the Venus de Milo has arms, and the king does little to alleviate global warming and wealth inequality).
It's fun to cheer on Gallin and Alexine as they snipe at their obnoxious siblings. . . and embark on intensive combat training while discovering psychic powers . . . combat in anti-gravity belts, the wacky machinations of the king and his enablers, and the leads' interactions with Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.
Takeaway: A spoonful of suspenseful science fiction makes this history lesson go down smoothly for teens interested in the American Revolution.
Great for fans of Jasper Fforde, Gail Carriger.
FearsomeDestiny is...a breathtaking roller coaster of a story.Joseph Amiel has meticulously created...this strange... worldthat is scientifically way more advanced than Earth and yet sociallyand politically...[repressed]. Meeting a different Benjamin Franklin,Thomas Jefferson and John Adams...was icing on the cake. Seconds, please!
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- Paperback : 309 pages
- Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1513653466
- ISBN-13 : 978-1513653464
- Publisher : Lambent Publishing LLC (November 9, 2019)
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Reading level : Baby - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story opens with a Revolutionary War
re-enactment of “the British are coming” and then somehow we turn up in London but not the London we know. The author has delivered us to a London circa 1776...just not on earth!
Joseph Amiel has meticulously created a new world, Eratha, that is a cracked mirror distortion of our Earth as if through Alice’s looking glass. It was a bit unnerving to see this two class system of the haves and the have nots; the powerful and the powerless. The characters of Gallin and Alexine are developed slowly as they are immersed into this strange other world that is scientifically way more advanced than Earth and yet socially and politically so dramatically different. Meeting a different Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to name a few of my favorite historical figures during this tumultuous time was icing on the cake. Seconds, please!
Parental Note: This is YA historical/fantasy novel series. There is violence but not overwhelming so nor explicit. There is also no sex. I would recommend this book for children 12 and up. Younger children may enjoy it as well, if they have the historical background to appreciate the back drop of the pre revolution period.