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Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Book 2): A YA Time Travel Adventure Kindle Edition
|Length: 294 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 2 of 3 in Noah Zarc|
|Age Level: 9 - 12|
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About the Author
EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : December 17, 2013
- File Size : 2760 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 3rd Edition (December 17, 2013)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00E00R9WS
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,427 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The story, and series, is the SciFi version of the Biblical story of Noah and the ark. This book and the characters are well written. Noah, like many people, acts impulsively and does not think things through before he acts. This gets him into all kinds of situations. You could really feel his emotions and what he was going through. I will continue to read the more of the series to see what adventures he finds next.
But this Noah is no older man with a fully functional body: this Noah is a paraplegic who occasionally rails against the confines of his limitations. His family isn’t into coddling him either: there isn’t a great divide in punishment, interaction or expectations for any of the children: expectations are set and most often met if not exceeded. Another bonus to a story that uses such clever techniques to teach and model: we learn as much from our interactions with fictional characters as we do from those who are standing in front of us, and there are several options for learning.
Starting with Mammoth Trouble, Noah is just 12, and the family is starting their adventure with their ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser). This is a post-apocalyptic world, where humans are relegated to living on colonized Mars and Venus. Noah and his family are seeking to grab pairs of animals to repopulate the earth. Interesting social and moral issues arise with this: should you be expending this time and energy to stop the extinction of the animal kingdom when humans are in need? What about the whole “changing” the path of a destiny? Any fans of time travel will instantly see the gentle seeding of the argument for young readers to develop their own views.
Full of concepts and ideas, action-packed and several wonderful interactions between the characters that includes bickering, punishment and Noah’s struggle to save his father from the anti-animal faction had me whipping through the pages. Illustrations and new technology along with the dedication the family has to saving the animals was just a fabulously transporting read, and made me wish I had a younger reader at home!
Next up is Cataclysm and Noah is a year older and wiser, with all of the experience gained from his family’s first year on the ARC, integrating a new member into the family, and the kids have been sent to live with their Grandfather to ‘experience a more normal life’. But ‘normal’ isn’t all that one might expect, Noah is finding some odd connection with the villain Haon, and is beginning to wonder if perhaps there is more to the conflict and backstory than he knew.
Another thoughtful installment that added, to my delight, robots with personalities and identities, that don’t try too hard and come off as overwrought, but are just right! More action-filled than the first, there are wild time-jumps, authorized and not, that serve to keep the story moving forward. Fast paced and full of detail this story is one that keeps rushing by, even as you want to stop and savor. Additionally, as in the first book, Noah’s disability is not ignored, but worked with and around: he’s managed to adapt his approach to accomplish what he wants, even as he does have those moments where his disability is fully in the front of his mind.
Lastly and the newest installment to the series is Declaration and we join Noah in the midst of a firefight helping the rebels stand strong against the Poligarchy’s army that is bent on ruling the galaxy. What we are learning throughout the story is that Noah and his family, with their time travel skills can go back and alter the past, and perhaps prevent the mess that is the world they know now.
Noah is now 14, and his perspective and voicing have aged with him: confidence from past encounters and his confidence in both his ‘team’ and his own abilities have contributed to this noticeable maturing of the character. Yes, he is still young, but the core traits of his personality that were so endearing in the earlier volumes are still prevalent, with the solid family/tea relationships that are a mainstay of the story. We are in boy-heaven in this story: action, gadgets, a clear enemy and a clear goal and hero to cheer for. Continuing to confront head-on several social issues, and questions of what is really in the best interests of everyone, the story manages to work on several levels, keeping readers engaged throughout.
I’m not the target audience for this book, but I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.
This was a lovely addition to the series: highlighted with illustrations found only in the omnibus edition that add a bit of whimsy to the page.
I received an eArc copy of the book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Although Noah is a paraplegic and has to live his life in the modern space version of a wheel chair, he never lets this minor limitation stop him from living his life to it's fullest. And his parents and siblings don't treat him any differently due to his physical limitations. Noah's adventures show that no matter the physical issues, anyone can do what is right, save the day, or just plain have fun!
Noah kept me interested throughout this mystery adventure with his determination to see his adventures through and "try" to do what he feels is the right thing to do. Though many times he ends up in more trouble due to his impetuous nature, I still find myself drawn into the story as I picture my own child and his adventurous spirit, traveling along with Noah and his crew.
I can't wait to see what happens in the next book when it comes out in December 2013!
*I received a free copy of this book for my review - regardless all my reviews are my honest opinion!
This was another wonderful book by D. Robert Pease. It is exciting and fast paced, it will keep the attention of anyone. with the space travel and space time continuum it all sounds confusing but with Mr. Pease masterful writing everyone can enjoy the book.
As Noah races to find out about his father, Haon, and his true intentions, not to mention save the Zarc name from one of the universes most horrifying events, but will it prove to be to much for a thirteen year old boy?
If you ever get the chance David Radke is the narrator of audio version and he does a amazing job!!! Well worth the money on audible.