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The Boy Who Fell from the Sky (The House Next Door Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
|Grade Level: 7 - 12|
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Overall, it was an easy read with an interesting cast of characters. I think there’s appeal for both teens and adults. The book takes a critical look at some weighty subjects, like technology’s impact on privacy, government control, and the devastating impacts of climate change, but it’s packaged in a way that makes it engaging and accessible. The present tense narration lent to the sense of immersion in the story, and I found it to be a fitting choice for a novel that takes place in the future. Mathew was the classic “unlikely hero” sort, with a good balance of creativity and adventurousness to make him endearing. His weaknesses and flaws make him believable, but he’s also driven.
Because this book presents a fully realized future vision, there is a fair amount of exposition at points in the novel. I found some of this exposition to be a bit heavy-handed, breaking away from the scene to explain functionality or design specifics. Though I would have liked some of that information to be more smoothly integrated into the narrative and action, I was fascinated enough by the content that those cutaways weren’t overly distracting.
The story is not complete with this one volume, with the end begging for an immediate read of the next volume. But, I am greatly looking forward to going along for the ride with this trilogy!
This story is outside of my normal genres. But I totally enjoyed it nonetheless. The future worlds created were amazing. By the details given, one could visualize where the author took us. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the thought provoking problems of the future. Jule has a sequel to this and I anticipate it to be just as good, and probably better!
Then we follow the goings on (not really exploits) of Matthew <s>Erling</s> Erlang in the not too far future. London has been flooded in parts, and this has caused day curfews to be put in place except for a select few people. Matthew's mom is one of those people that has to leave for work every day (in a hired car), but Matthew has to stay home and do his school work and attend class and lectures virtually.
And then things get bizarre.
There were many cool technological advances that appear to be where we are headed. How cool would it be to program a couple of dragons that are pretty much autonomous, at least in the VR world in which they are created? 3D printing is ubiquitous and capable of more than just the plastic-type material available now. This is exciting to read and imagine!
Less exciting is the governmental parties making plays for things and using tragedy and disaster to their own ends. That could never happen in our world, right?
I was about to hand out 5 stars for this book until the end of the book. Then I discover this is the first in a trilogy, and the book just stops. There is one statement that's supposed to just wash away all the questions raised along the way, or so it appears. I'm not satisfied at this ending at all. At least the second book can be obtained for free. Definitely want to read on.
[first posted on Goodreads, same day]