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- Print Length: 274 pages
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- Publisher: Light & Lore LLC (December 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H1VJ1XI
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I am back with another review of a book given to me in exchange for… well, a review. Half Worlder was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I had never heard of this book before, but I am now glad that I had.
The story follows a 15 year old half worlder (half human – half centauri) who is chosen as the next Youth Ambassador to represent Earth. Just like any other person, she has problems that she has to solve (telepathy and such) and truths that she must face.
1. The main character
I really liked the fact that Kristen had grown throughout the story and had become a better person in the end. She was a relatable character who had problems just like anyone else and she tried her best to save herself and her friends. The only thing I wasn’t so crazy about was the fact that she cried a little too much for my taste, but whatever.
2. The setting
So there are planets (duh)…. I mean livable planets with wars going on, space pirates, and all other out-of-this-world things. I really liked the fact that there were atmospheric zones (blue, green, red, etc) where certain species could die and others could live. It got me thinking if there were other species living on other planets like Jupiter or Venus, but we don’t know because we can’t go there or we’ll die.
Overall, I liked the novel and would definitely read on if the series were to be continued.
I'll just get right into it and fast forward to when she arrives at her destination, Vespa Prime. Kristin's going to be on her way for training as a Youth Ambassador. She then meets her three other companions in her cohort, Gabriana (a Lyconian), Torvox (a Sirian), Porter (a Roxian)... and her senior trainee, Norina (a Trellian). Her three friends, including herself, are what Norina would call a group of misfits. They have their own backstories told in full, as they should. Unfortunately, I only recall knowing two out of four of their complete stories.The characters were very likable, except for times when I would use the occasional eye roll at what Kristin does or says. But oh man, Porter was hands-down, my favorite character. The things he did and how he speaks, it makes him a charming character.
I thought it was neat that as Kristin encountered new races, the readers get a little scoop on what's up and what is a big no no upon interaction. These cultural clashes were interesting. I mean, c'mon:
"May the fleas of your ancestors never torment you."
Best. Greeting. Ever. I guess you wouldn't understand, though. It's a Leonid thing.
There were moments where I could identify with how Kristin was feeling. Anger, when someone won't give you a chance to explain yourself. Frustration, by feeling like you're in someone else's shadow. Realizing that maybe you just suck at something. And wanting to work hard to overcome a challenge. It's good to be able to connect in some small way. It makes reading the story a lot more tolerable. As Kristin's father would say, "There are positive things to be found in even the worst of situations."
How did I feel about this book once I had completed it?... Dissatisfaction. This book had quirks that left me wanting more, had characters that I chuckled at and said "You're great. I like you", and action that I thought was going to be pretty intense. However, what caused me to not really enjoy it the way I wanted to was the short conflicts, quick resolution to the interstellar conspiracy, and me wanting to know something like "What is Jake Magnuson's story?". It's very minor, the problems I had with this book.
I actually thought that the ending to each chapter, the "Oh! Things are starting to get better!... Hold on. Whoops. Think again" concept was charming. An example of one that I enjoyed immensely was when Jeff and Sergeant Costa stopped U'vox (a pirate) from hurting Kristin and her crew. They had their weapons pointed straight at the enemy, and I was blindsided by this passage:
"Any hope I had of being rescued by the Space Corps died with the first words out of Sergeant Costa's mouth. 'Don't worry (spoiler name), we'll get you safely out of here.'"
I legit snorted like a pig. Maybe out of context, it wouldn't make sense, but I thought it was funny.
Overall, I think this book is a nice quick read. I gave it 3 stars because I just wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down. I do wish there was a sequel to tie up the story, because I feel as if it is unfinished. And, although I liked the story of this book, I don't have the desire to reread it in the future.
Kristin Magnuson, the first Earthling selected to serve as a Youth Ambassador ("YA") in over fifty years, is actually only half human - her mother is a Centauri, a race of green-skinned aliens who have natural telepathic abilities. If the stress and awkwardness of being a half-worlder who never quite fit in wasn't enough, her mother is a prominent diplomat, and her father is a famous war hero. Her hoped-for anonymity at the YA training program is dashed when the Senior Trainee assigned to her group apparently decides to hate her on sight, making life on Vespa Prime even more difficult.
Just when she's almost settled in however (okay, 60% or more into the book), she and her friends are taken hostage by space pirates and find themselves embroiled in a crazy interstellar conspiracy.
I suppose I like the way Lee built up the world with the different kinds of unique alien species, each with their specific quirks. The camaraderie between Kristin and her group mates Gabriana, Torvox and Porter are a pleasure to read and feel very realistic. As far as the plot goes, it's okay, but it does feel rather rushed in the end. So much story telling went into the school part of the story and building up the characters, that the should-be-exciting space pirate part seemed a wee bit too short and shallow.
[Why does the book have discussion questions? lol]
I received a free copy of this ebook from Ebooksforreview.com in exchange for an honest review.
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