- File Size: 8507 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996713859
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jonathan Ballagh (April 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07257KKVQ
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Just read chapter 1 and you will be left wanting more!
Quantum Ghost is the second novel in the series, and it's as good as the first one. It picks up not long after Quantum Door, with a different main character. A young lady by the name of Remi. While her story is new, Nova's and AJ's continue from where they left off. It feels a bit like when the Doctor switches companions. They're still on a quest, they just get a new teammate. There are some things that won't make much sense if you haven't read the first one. I would almost recommend going back and reading Quantum Door first. Even if you don't, it this will be an excellent read.
Writing style still suits the genre. It reads like a young adult book. The kids feel like kids. They have a different voice than the adults. It also reads a little different than the first novel. It stops the voice of the narrator from sounding like the previous characters. It was nice. The pace of this novel was faster than the last one. Lots of action, but plenty of time to lay out the exposition. Getting to know the characters was a pleasure. They stood out from one another, they were three-dimensional. Everything they did drove the story forward. Interactions were flawless. Dialogue never felt clunky or awkward.
The portrayal of women continues to be a wonderful talent of this author. They have their own identities separate from any romantic subplot. Personalities mesh and they get along; there's no competition between them. Again, the narrative shows that men and women can be friends without the need for something more. Nova and Remi could do things on their own. Sure, they needed help from time to time, but their characters weren't compromised by it.
Once more the imagery was fabulous. It wasn't flowery and flowing, nor was it jargon-heavy, like some descriptors in sci-fi. It reflected the natural progression of the story, aiding in tone and voice. The landscape was consistent with the first one. Hopping right back into the story was easy.
I'm really enjoying this series. Quantum Ghost particularly. Still young adult, but the narration feels older than Quantum Door. This is a talented author. The young adult genre needs more authors like this.
Remi has been diagnosed with something that has made her sick, stuck in the house and unable to go to school like her brother and sister. While outside one night, she sees a brightly lit dome on top of the water in her family's pond, so she goes to investigate. Seeing a robotic hand coming out from under the water to grab the dome and pull it back under, Remi becomes frightened and runs back to the house. Little does she know that her world is about to change forever. Not willing to believe her eyes, she makes one more trip to the pond and this time something happens to her, a bright light blinds her vision and then the next thing she knows, her sister is waking her up because she fell asleep on the ground. Then the adventure begins. She receives strange text messages and a bunch of boxes mysteriously arrive in her driveway. A human girl with a mechanical dog appear after she follows the dome into danger. Remi understands that there are other worlds out there, somewhere that may need her help. Is she willing to put herself in harm's way to save her new friends?
Ballagh has an amazing second installment with superb character development. It is chalked full of originality, entertainment, and adventure. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. There are a few grammatical errors throughout, but this was an advance reader copy that was received; therefore, these may have been cleaned up before publication. If not, this should not hinder the reader's enjoyment of the novel. It is highly recommended that the first installment, The Quantum Door, is read prior to this one since it is a continuance of the adventure. If you are a reader of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction, you may be interested in picking this up for a read.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh.
If you check out my review of the first book in this series, you'll see I had a few minor struggles with the author's writing style. I think it's safe to say that his talent has grown in the time between that story and this one. Aside from a couple of very small errors that could easily be addressed with another round of editing, I found the writing style addictive. Easy to understand, exciting, really all I could ask for. I finished this book desperately wanting more, so I certainly hope that sense of foreshadowing at the end means there's another one on the way!