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- File Size : 551 KB
- Print Length : 175 pages
- Publication Date : August 31, 2015
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B014QUHYSK
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,725 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Peter is a high schooler who’s best friend is drifting away from much of the closeness they shared since elementary school. He’s found a constantly changing small garbage dump full of broken, unlabeled things in a wooded area near the school, and–since he likes finding things in the trash he can use–Peter frequents it, finding odd–really odd–“treasures.”
Then one day he finds a duffle bag that contains stacks of strangely-heavy black bricks that, when held up to the sun, are full of dense golden circuitry. And a gun. An odd gun with a fist-shaped mass where the barrel should be, and a grip that is designed to accommodate six fingers. Testing his odd find is at first explosive, then embarrassing, then frightening. Three groups of people are attracted by the use of the gun: the “blue suits” who say they’re from the FBI, the mysterious “helicopter patrols,” and the regular police/army. What the gun really is, and who these groups really represent makes an ingenious thriller set in a backdrop of current events like hackers vs. firewalls, cell phones vs. jamming, blanket school emails, phone encryption vs. GPS – all filtered through characters that manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers via loyalty, friendship, shared memories of childhood, and parents who don’t have a clue but love their teens.
To those who know James Van Pelt, the educator, there is almost an Easter Egg quality to his protagonist’s “super power” – being good at writing papers for school. These papers and their subjects are how VanPelt packs layers of meaning into a story you could wholeheartedly recommend to your favorite teen or tween, and enjoy on a deeper level as an adult.
I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one. The premise intrigued me. An item to enable god-like powers in a YA setting. Definitely stole my attention.
The writing itself is sharp. I think this easily could've had another hundred or so pages tacked onto it, but I think Van Pelt's writing decisions suited his novel(la) quite well. There isn't a huge cast of characters, and I think there could've been more, (or simply more description for each that we do see) but I also see the smaller cast as a benefit. This isn't trying to force itself off as a brick-breaker Science fiction epic. It's a complete story, with relatively little room to expand into further novels. Yes there is some cliff to hang off of, but as readers, we are given a decent choice if we even want to dangle off the cliff.
I did catch more than a few typographical errors, but they were not prevalent enough to detract from my experience.
Overall I'd say that the concept was this novel(la)'s strongest suit. I wish we had gotten more relationship development between our two protagonists. I'm not asking for a romance, (although the implication was present) but I would've liked to see more of the friendship between the two.
Pandora's Gun shoots four cyclops dogs, out of five.
Van Pelt writes with an easy grace, and his ability to portray high school students in an authentic voice makes this a terrific novel to pass onto your favorite teen - just as soon as you're done with it.
I loved this story. It wasn’t just the same old goop, it had its own unique feel and elements. I wouldn’t say there was anything life affirming, but it didn’t need it. I enjoyed the sneaky teacher tidbits too; little blocks of real world knowledge were interspersed throughout.
The characters were so likeable in this book. Even when they were being a pain, they were so well written and ‘real’ you couldn’t help but be drawn to them. It read as a very authentic teenage experience, even with the science fiction elements.
Well worth checking this book out!
High school sophomore Peter Van Meer finds a mysterious and dangerous device in a dump, not realizing that there are powerful people, perhaps from another universe, who want it back. He and his friends must fight for their lives, and maybe even the world's. And the book's ending suggests a possible sequel. Here's hoping this is the beginning of a great line of books that will bring James Van Pelt widespread success.
Highly recommended for teens (and adults) with a taste for sci-fi adventure.