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Omega City by [Peterfreund, Diana]
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Length: 341 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4–7—Omega City narrowly avoids being a cliché among adventure books for the preteen set. It has a clueless professor dad, a villain so obvious that kids will spot her the moment her four-inch heels click onto the scene, preternaturally intelligent kids, and a secret that could save civilization—if the heroes can get to it first. But Peterfreund packs the novel with so much suspense, history, and science, readers can't help but overlook the traps of the genre and get enthralled in the story. A group of kids—Gillian; her younger brother (by 11 months) Eric; their friend Savannah; space savant Howard; and Howard's older brother Nate—find themselves in a race to discover an invention that could change the world. Their search leads them to an underground city built during the height of the Cold War. There the young heroes are chased and put into life-threatening situations by the villain and her henchmen. The plotting is fast paced and exciting. Readers—like Gillian and her friends—will hardly have time to catch their breath before each new twist and turn. VERDICT Peterfreund mixes science and history in a way that may appeal to nonfiction readers as well as to action fans.—Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library, NY


“Young readers looking for a page-turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor.” (Booklist (starred review))

“[A] fast-paced series opener” (Publishers Weekly)

“Omega city is a treat…an exciting read, hard to put down, and just plain fun.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“A crowd-pleaser in the spirit of The Goonies” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “[A] mysterious spy adventure in a lush and terrifying futuristic world” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “A charming bit of light adventure” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “A good bet for readers looking for strong female protagonists, characters of color or just an enjoyable romantic adventure with a science-fiction spin.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “Peterfreund’s novel is riveting and intense...Readers will love this page-turning story and its dramatic climax.” (Romantic Times)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “Engrossing and fastpaced.” (Booklist)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “Complex in both plotting and themes, this science fiction revision of The Scarlet Pimpernel offers political intrigue, narrow escapes, and forbidden romance” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “A well-paced story led by a strong and likable heroine.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “Across a Star-Swept Sea is, like its main character Persis Blake, a delight. Intrigue, romance, beautiful world-building, nuanced characters, and timely, intriguing questions come together to make this the perfect read. I loved it!” (Allie Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “An imaginative and energetic retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel-sheer fun!” (Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series)

Praise for ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: “Delicious romance, class warfare, and genetic engineering-Diana Peterfreund will ensnare you with this sci-fi twist to a classic story.” (Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Heir Chronicles and Seven Realms series)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “This novel is a postapocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that will be a hit with fans of sci-fi romances … Readers will keep turning the pages right up to the end.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “A richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “A post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion scores high for ingenuity.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is an impassioned ode to Jane Austen, love, and the hope found in stars.” (Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “Don’t you love it when a brilliant idea meets with brilliant execution? Thank you, Diana Peterfreund for giving us a post-apocalyptic Persuasion. This book is meltingly good.” (Laini Taylor, National Book Award Finalist for LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “A beautiful, epic love story you won’t be able to put down!” (Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series)

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “A smart and sexy tale of star-crossed love that’s as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.” (Robin Wasserman, author of THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW)

“Readers…will hardly have time to catch their breath before each new twist and turn.” (School Library Journal)

Product Details

  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062310852
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a science quest adventure book, but the author develops the characters and constructs the plot and establishes the narrative tone in a fashion that sometimes is predictable but at other times confounds your expectations. The result is that the book is accessible and middle grade appropriate, but is also a little bit more than and a little bit different from the usual. To me, that's a generally good thing.

If you want some sense of what this book is about and what it is like I'm afraid that plot summaries aren't going to help you very much. As I think about the plot, the book starts as a mild teen domestic drama coupled with a "crackpot conspiracy theory Dad" theme. It switches into a puzzle/treasure hunt book, with a government conspiracy flavor. Then we get some "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with a little Indiana Jones and a cross between Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous With Rama" and Willy Wonka, (both "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" and "Charlie and the Great Glass Escalator").

As you can see, plot summary just isn't very helpful.

So, consider this. We have a brother, Eric, and sister, Gillian, who trust in their disgraced scholar father. Dad believes in a vanished genius scientist, Aloysius Underberg. In order to save Dad's reputation, and possibly his sanity, the brother and sister are trying to confirm the existence and fate of Underberg. Earnest Gillian's pal Samantha is a smart/dumb blond who is a classic pretend airhead/actual smart cookie. Along the way they pick up social misfit science geek Howard and then his older-than-they-are bro Nate who has a car and who tries to keep an eye on this crowd. This assortment then goes on to have sci-fi/adventures.
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So at first it seems like the story is going to follow a pretty typical setup. Absent-minded professor dad is laughed out of the scientific community for promoting conspiracy theories. Children whose lives were upended by said rejection are understandably ticked. Same children find a treasure map that might lead them to proof that will vindicate their father. Map then makes them cross paths with gun-toting baddies who race the kids to find the treasure, but instead of treasure the kids (and friends) find an entire underground city prepped for the nuclear apocalypse and… Wait, what?

Yeah, you read right. This story is ridiculously clever. It takes what could have been a tired, cliched tale and makes it feel fresh and alive. I loved every facet. For instance, I loved Gillian’s relationship with her brother Eric. They bicker like siblings and disagree on their dad’s work, but they’re also awfully tight. One constant throughout the story is their mutual courage when it comes to having each other’s backs. I also really liked Gillian’s friend Savannah. She’s an extremely smart girl who dumbs herself down to be popular (realistic), but that girl is on point when the chips are down.

Oooh, ooh, and can we talk about Howard and Nate? These are another pair of cool siblings. Howard is an odd duck in Gillian’s class who is completely obsessed with NASA. Based on comments made by protective big brother Nate, Howard likely has some form of disability, but he’s never given a label. He’s just Howard, a kid with some quirks that the other characters learn to appreciate and deal with the same way they do Gillian’s claustrophobia or Eric’s fear of giant earthworms. And Nate! Nate is so cool.
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Quick & Dirty: Seeing the children explore such the strange but wonderful Omega City was deliciously satisfying.

Opening Sentence: It started with a fire.

The Review:

Gillian’s father has been ruined. He’s been a popular author and historian for years, but when his primary source for his newest book was destroyed by the water pipes flooding, he had no evidence to back himself up when people started calling his theories a fraud. But Gillian is starting to think that it wasn’t a water pipe that ruined the famous war scientist Dr. Underburg’s diary. And when a series of clues planted by him lead them to a huge discovery, they get more than they bargained for. What started as an attempt to restore their father’s reputation creates a race against the clock and some gun-hefting adults as they explore the dangerous but wonderful Omega City.

I’ll admit, I am mostly a YA reader. Sure, there are certain middle grade books that I absolutely adore and have reread countless times, but only a select few that are close to my heart. So when I got a middle grade book to review I wasn’t sure how to feel. Would the writing be juvenile? Would the characters be immature? The last middle grade I reviewed put a sour taste over the idea of a middle grade, but I knew that I couldn’t judge this book by my previous reads, so I jumped right in and hoped for the best. I’m happy to say it exceeded all my expectations and more! I finished this novel within a day and I was gripped by the action and ever-twisting plotline. The characters were obviously younger than the usual ones I read from, but I found myself adoring them all the same.

Our main character, Gillian, or “Gills” to some, was a lot of fun to read from.
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