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The Last Stop Paperback – January 29, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—All the aliens want is to see the hominids evolve and stop destroying the biosphere. Fortunately for them, best friends David and Mickey are a different breed of human. The two teenage boys find a space suit while camping and embark on what initially promises to be a grand adventure. Rather than the immersive world promised, this work has numerous stumbling blocks in its narrative: the book is told in alternating viewpoints that are difficult to distinguish. This, coupled with David's and Mickey's stilted dialogue, makes the characters flat and unbelievable. Additionally, the author's shifts in verb tense makes this a challenging read. VERDICT Riddled with excessive exclamation points, poor grammar, and inauthentic characterization, this is a skip.—Alexandra Patterson, Mercersburg Academy Library, PA
I really enjoyed this book immensely. It was a fast paced read and very exiting as well. I enjoyed the fact that the four teens in the book reaction to their situation was authentic. I have a teenager myself and she would love this book. I did feel the Close Encounters vibe to the book as stated in it description and didn't waste time diving into the book. I didn't want to put it down. It was a story of an encounter with intelligent life and their journey learning from on another. It has great characters that I'm sure will be relatable to many. The dialogue took the reader on a journey that was both interesting interesting and exciting. I was given a copy of this by the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in return for my honest review. (Tina R Netgalley)
I found this coming of age tale to be enjoyable and full of adventure, all seen through the eyes of youth. The pace was steady, the plot poignant and engaging - though a bit fantastical, and the characters likeable. Through the tale we get to see them grow and mature through their experiences. This was a fun read, and I would definitely recommend. (Betsy Tobin Mags the Bookworm)
This is an amazing sci-fi young adult read and I loved being taken on a fantastic journey! (Lisa Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania Netgalley)
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I would first like to state that I received this through NetGalley for an honest review. I found this coming of age tale to be enjoyable and full of adventure, all seen through the eyes of youth. The pace was steady, the plot poignant and engaging - though a bit fantastical, and the characters likeable. Through the tale we get to see them grow and mature through their experiences. This was a fun read, and I would definitely recommend.
There were elements of this story that I really loved but there were also some drawbacks that made the story drag. I had difficulty sympathizing with any of the four main characters because they all seemed fairly stereotypical and trope-y. Are all teens so whiny? I almost put the book down at around 47%, but then the aliens showed up and I finally got hooked.
I wish their had been more time in space and less on Earth in this book, because I really enjoyed learning about the Europa creatures and their connection to Earth. I thought they were incredibly interesting and their willingness to help the teens and their world was a new twist. I could see this translating into a really cool film. I wanted more aliens!!!
I'd be interested to see if there is a sequel on the works because although the book doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, it seems to hint that it's just the beginning.
I would recommend this to teens who are interested in scifi and adventure.
The story allows our foursome of conflicted teens to look at the human race through the eyes of another species, analyze their own shortcomings and our tendency to use violence to solve conflict. The teens not only learn much about themselves and their families, they take us on a breathtaking ride through the galaxy.
The Last Stop is a story of faith and fostering hope. Fast-paced and at times humorous, The Last Stop is filled with fun details about alien technology that will make you ask for more.
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Young and old Earthlings take note!