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"A sci-fi adventure with action, fantastical creatures and worthy protagonists that will make readers want to know what happens next." - Kirkus Review

"Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys), Vol. 1, is the strong opening to what I anticipate will be an engaging series of Young Adult books.  Spartanica... left me wanting more.  It is also a book I've recommended to others.  Spartanica is an enjoyable adventure, one you know the author enjoyed writing and that, very often, makes a difference.  I look forward to seeing what more he has to offer." - Pacific Book Review

"The book is fresh, dynamic, a little scary, funny and engaging. Since this is the first book in a series, readers can look forward to more from Molinar in the future.  Galina Roizman, Portland Book Review

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Gotta tell ya... I had a blast writing Spartanica.  I've read a lot of sci-fi books where I thought I would've done something different to make the story more suspenseful or unpredictable and the characters more fun to read about.  Spartanica is that book.  It's a roller coaster thrill ride of a story about a couple of average brothers that do exceptional things when they're suddenly forced into an impossible situation.

I'm the author of Spartanica, but it was read by a bunch of kids (my beta readers) before I even came close to publishing.  So, in a way, the story was also written by a number of middle school students that are crazy about sci-fi.  Believe me, they were tough critics and told me about the parts they liked and the parts they thought were lame.  The lame parts were revised and improved until they were at least as awesome as the rest of the book.  Several adult beta readers went through Spartanica more than once and provided absolutely invaluable feedback as well.

Spartanica is just the first of three or four in The Survivors of Sapertys series.  I'm already working on book two and would love to hear what you think about book one on the Spartanica Facebook page.  Don't be shy.  Your opinion is important!  I want to hear it!  

I really hope you read Spartanica.  Lots of fans have told me it rocks!  I know you'll enjoy it.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Survivors of Sapertys (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493717154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493717156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,540,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is something to be said about a book that gets into your head and lives there. Couple that with my adoration for science fiction and you have a book that is hard to put down.

Author, Powers Molinar’s book “SPARTANICA” is a masterpiece of imagery and suspense. It follows two brothers swept into a world far from their own. This world presents clues to its location, and a surprise in store for the brothers about their own history. The science fiction genre can present as difficult to write properly. With that said, I am referring to making the world believable in the way of science with proper terms and a grasp of certain ideas firmly based in the real world.

The author should possess a good working knowledge in the field they are writing in order to present the story well to the reader. This gem of a novel does all of the above well. Facts were bent in some cases pretty far, yet they fell into place seamlessly to form a world that took my breath away.

The brothers are swept into the ruined city of Spartanica on planet Sapertys. The scene that places them in this unusual world was convincing to say the least. There is a glowing white hot orb that appeared to be a bowling ball in the centre of a room referred to as the “A” room. All of this was in their home on Earth. They entered this room into static and loud rhythmic ear-splitting noise accompanied by the bright as the sun light from the orb. When they opened their eyes they found they were transported into another world. A world they longed to understand in order to return to their own. They thought they were having a vivid dream, yet there were so many things happening that proved them wrong.
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Spartanica
by Powers Molinar
Melissa Cushing's review

4 of 5 stars
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I give this book 4 stars! Great read for me, my husband and my daughter ~ and that says something! Check out the synopsis from Goodreads.....

Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica.

Now as you can tell from this summary..... this is a fabulously different and refreshing YA read for sure. This story starts off action packed, which is a HUGE plus for me, and I give it this amazing rating without the "romance" part of the story! This is a clean story, not much romance if that is your thing, but even though it lacks in the "romance" department, it is still surprisingly amazing! I did not even need the "romance" or anything else for that matter, other than what the author managed to provide. This author managed to pull me in from description, imagery development and character development alone!
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I don't read much YA, and what I do read tends to the upper teen market, so reading this book was a departure for me. In order to give a fair review, I could not put it into perspective with great adult scifi but had to think back to when I was in junior high school. What would I think of the book if I was 13 years old? Once I did that, things fell into place. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have loved it. The repartee, Ty's little asides/excuses, even the romance, such as it was, would have struck a chord.

The book is chock full of action, yet the violence is not over-the-top and is age-appropriate. The interaction between the boys and girls--the romance--is also age-appropriate. The message of self-reliance, loyalty, and responsibility is just what I would want my own kids to read and understand.

Character development is quite good. The use of three POVs helped with that, making it a richer book. What I appreciated was that each POV had its own voice, each character had his or her own way of thinking, of acting, of speaking. Too many times, an author uses different POVs, but each POV is in one voice, what I assume to be the author's voice. Molinar did not fall into that trap.

Editing was uniformly excellent.

My one critique is the reliance on what I assume to be Greek-based words for time, distance, and other measurements. I am not sure why, when pretty much everything else aligns between the Modern English of Ty and Marcus and that of the others in the book, these few differences would crop up. I think they interrupted the flow of the story, and I am not sure pre and early teens would have an easy time figuring out the meanings of the words.
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