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Gr 5-7-Ethan Blackwood, 12, has always dreamed of being part of the Resisters, flying super-fast robot bug spaceships in simulation games, and taking classes to find out how to beat their alien enemy, the Ch'zar. In the second book (Random, 2012) of the series by Eric Nylund, Ethan and his friends must break into the Sterling Reform School and gather more recruits for the Resisters' pilot program. Peter Berkrot's narration helps move the story along, creating unique voices for the characters. However, even spot-on narration doesn't help the story's main problems-lack of a driven plot line and character development. Very little back story is provided, so listeners unfamiliar with the first title will find the story very hard to follow. Only the most dedicated fans of the series will listen to this to the end.-Katie Llera, Sayreville Middle School, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author. He has written science fiction and fantasy novels, comic books, and has helped make many blockbuster video games.

Eric has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in chemistry. He graduated from the prestigious Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in 1994.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.

You can learn more about Eric at www.ericnylund.net.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Resisters (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Lee on August 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I usually review Book 1 of any series after having read all the available books in the series, while briefly mentioning how I feel about the entire series of books, just to keep things organized. It's taking quite a while for us to get a hold of the first book of Eric Nylund's new series "The Resistors" for middle-schoolers, though, so I thought I'd go ahead and submit this, because I know we're going to really enjoy Book 1 as well, and "The Sterling Squadron" is the latest book in the series.

Without having read "The Resistors", I was reminded of the movie "Starship Troopers" when I first picked up "The Sterling Squadron" actually - but the twist that reveals itself three-quarter-way through the book makes this a fairly original tale. It's a great way for said daughter (who hates bugs) to get a sense of what "Starship Troopers" is like, actually, before she gets to watch the movies herself (sadly, they are all rated "R.") In fact, I'm quite willing to bet that, if there's to be yet another sequel to the movie franchise, they're likely to get some ideas from "The Resistors"!

I totally enjoyed "The Sterling Squadron" even though science fiction in written form is not really my thing. Time permitting after we've read "The Resistors", we may take a look at more of Eric Nylund's work in his "Halo" series as well. Said daughter's review follows:

" 'Sterling Squadron' by Eric Nylund was an awesome, futuristic book.
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Let's get this out of the way: I'm very biased in Eric Nylund's favor. I find his works solidly-written, exciting, and of the highest caliber. That being said, I wasn't too excited about his first Resisters novel. I found it all right; it's not that it was lacking in quality, or maybe it was because I wasn't part of the target audience (this is a young adult book; I'm 21), I just thought he'd written MUCH BETTER novels than that. So, does the Resisters 2: Sterling Squad continue the trend of being just all right? Or does it build up on its predecessors foundations? Most importantly, does it make itself accessible to the older audience (which I'm sure makes up most of Mr. Nylund's fanbase) such as myself?

Sterling Squad starts off at a much faster pace than the previous one. Ethan Blackwood, the main character from the previous novel, is now a part of the Resistance. All should be well and swell, right? Not really; for one, Ethan is having a rough time fitting in. The Resistance's leader doesn't want to give him flight status, and one of his friends from the first novel, Madison, agrees with the decision. Worse, still, Ethan has a somewhat conflictive relationship with the Resistance's top ace. Things get really serious though, when Ethan has a small altercation with him, which lands not just the two of them, but a few other pilots in serious trouble. Now, just to raise the stakes a bit more, he soon finds out that the alien bad guys, the Ch'zar, are growing in number and power, and the Resistance will soon be overwhelmed unless they can find more pilots. And you thought getting a prom date was stressful.

Without spoiling anything else, I will say Ethan has got to be one of the most formidable young adult characters I've read about.
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The book, The Sterling Squadron, was a great read. It was funny and had just enough humor to balance out the war and military talk. I would reccomend this book and it's prequel, The Resistance, to anyone who enjoys explosions, bugs and alien mind control! I'm anxiously awaiting the 3rd novel in this series, The Titan Base!
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It's hard to find appealing books for middle-grade boys, beyond the usual Rick Riordan fare. My son loved all three books in this series and has read them multiple times. Lots of action, cool machinery, and so on. The whole family listened to this one on CD on a road trip, and it held everyone's attention.
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A Kid's Review on April 11, 2013
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Sterling Squadron is the second book of The Resisters tetralogy by Eric Nylund. The book was amazing but it could have had some better descriptions on stuff like the Ch'zar arachnids, Sterling Academy, the athletic suits, or Fiesta City. But overall it was a good book.
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My son read part 1 of this series and wanted #2, so he was excited to get this for Christmas. He loves the characters and plans to read the remaining books as well.
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