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Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space Hardcover – September 19, 2006
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Living on a lonely little home floating not too far from their beloved Earth, young Art Mumby and his older sister Myrtle have only known Larklight as their home. After their mother disappeared a couple years ago, however, their father has become increasingly lost in his own private world. That all changes when suddenly when, without warning, Larklight and its denizens (robot servants and otherwise) are attacked by giant, vicious spiders. Art and Myrtle barely escape with their lives and in doing so come in direct contact with the infamous space pirate Jack Havock (approximate age: 14). It appears that there was always more to Larklight than met the eye, and when the siblings are split apart they must individually find a way to defeat a nefarious villain, save the British empire, and recover the ones they love.Read more ›
Philip Reeve (author of the Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles)) has created another fascinating world in LARKLIGHT. Art lives in the Victorian society of the 1800's--or rather, what Victorian society would have looked like if they'd developed space travel, and astronomy worked according to early speculations about aether (an air-like substance in space that people can move and breathe in), and interplanetary beings (Venus, Mars, and the moons of Jupiter are all home to a variety of life forms). Reeve cuts no corners, painting the cities and citizens of the solar system in dazzling detail. The setting is a gorgeous mix of fantasy and science fiction, and fans of both genres will find much to enjoy.
If the world wasn't exciting enough on its own, the adventure is of the edge-of-your-seat variety. Art and Myrtle tumble from one tense situation to another with alarming frequency. Most chapters end on cliffhangers, so be prepared to have trouble finding a place to pause. Reeve throws in enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing right until the end, and both Art and Myrtle get the chance to play hero.Read more ›
The two biggest problems I had were as follows:
1) The character of Myrtle was too annoying for too long. I knew that the idea was that she'd redeem herself, but there was nothing endearing about her that made me want anything other than for her to just disappear from the story all together. Later in the book her diary pages were good, but that was because they mostly dropped the annoying aspects of her character.
2) I didn't find the spiders to be even remotely plausible. That's a problem since they're what the whole story is about. Yes, I know this is a wild fantasy, but even within the reality of the book they didn't feel right to me.
I'm giving the book 4 stars though because I do believe that its target audience will enjoy it more than I did (I'm not a kid). It's not a bad book, it's just that, well, as my review title says, it could have been better. The retro-future Victorian sci-fi world was a lot of fun and hopefully future installments will keep all of the good elements from this book and improve on the less stellar ones (no pun intended). At least in the next book Myrtle (theoretically) won't be so annoying.
Almost forgot: some of the little inside jokes were fun, such as the interpolation of a bit of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."
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While this was action-packed and imaginative, I cannot whole-hardheartedly say I completely enjoyed or would recommend it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by justme
It's a really imaginative book, but the negative female stereotypes are so intense I would be hesitant to let my kids read this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BertieHJ
This is a ripping yarn that combines the best elements of Victorian purple prose, space pirates, evil galactic spiders (with bowler hats), and a house that floats beyond the Moon... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm an adult who enjoys YA fiction, and I am again NOT disappointed. I found the story well- plotted and extremely imaginative. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Daria Britt
Loved this book. I think he needs to write another in this series. Definitely kept me wanting more.Published 14 months ago by B
A fun read, definitely suitable for middle grades, and still fun for parents as well.Published 19 months ago by Keishaknits
I love the world that Reeve has created in this series.
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