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Monkeyboy: An Anki Legacies Science Fantasy for Young Adults Paperback – March 27, 2017
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The blend of science fiction, fantasy, and social commentary make this a top recommendation for adolescents looking for something original and different.
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Shane explores the North Eastern United States regularly, which drives his passion for crafting speculative fiction. His studies in alternative history prior to completing his BSBA with Post University gave cause to think about humanity’s earliest moments in the journey to civilization.
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This book details the story of Hanuman, a monkey who has become as intelligent as a human by swallowing a magic stone. His interactions with other characters such as Wisp, a cloud like being with a changable physical appearance and structure was both fun and interesting. Throughout the book you will meet new characters - none of which are judgemental towards Hanuman and his friends, so its an example that everyone, no matter their background, should get along with others and see their differences as strengths rather than weaknesses. There is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, which I liked quite a bit.
I have not read Thomas's earlier work but expect if this is an example you have found a way to encourage young people to read, as this is enjoyable and easy to follow. Much of the humor is on a juvenile level, but none of it is 'mean' humor.
I received an electronic pre-publication verson of the book from the author to read and review (If I chose to, of course).
He’s not the only one with such a dream, however. A radical group also searches for the magic stones with the intention of creating an army. Monkeyboy’s focus shifts from finding the stones for personal gain to finding them before they can be misused.
Monkeyboy by Shane Thomas is a rollicking adventure any child will enjoy. It’s full of juvenile humor. The pace never quits and, of course, Monkeyboy and his friends save the day.
As an adult, I enjoyed the story for other reasons. I liked that there was no stigma surrounding adoption. I liked that the adults weren’t depicted as overbearing or dismissive as is so often seen in MG fiction. The parents were supportive, understanding, and forgiving of Monkeyboy’s antics. They were protective of their children, yet included them in their excursions so they could learn outside the schoolroom.
Inventive and entertaining, Monkeyboy would make a fine bedtime story.
I was given a free Advanced Reader Copy of Monkeyboy in exchange for an honest review.
Great to see a follow-up on the characters from Distant Origins, finding out what has happened some 10 years after the first book. (It was an inspired idea to have Distant Origins as a history text book being studied by the kids in this world!) As before, the highlight was the creativity in the imagining of the alien species, and their special powers. The character of Wisp, a cloud-like being, was wonderfully imagined. Her non-verbal communication, and that of the liberty monkey troop, were a delight. The battles were all-action martial arts fests, with the eponymous monkeyboy’s special power being well used, but I won’t spoil that here.
The group of kids form a nice tight well-bonded group. They seem to be given a little too much leeway by the adults to do whatever they want, and go off on death-defying missions, but I guess without this loose approach to parenting they would be unable to go on their amazing adventures. As a young adult adventure, I thought this worked really well, crossing over sci-fi and fantasy, giving the author immense scope to imprint his creativity on the canvas of the world. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants an escapist adventure with weird and wonderful creatures and lots of hand-to-hand combat. I’m hooked on this series, and am looking forward to the next instalment.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews