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Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys) Paperback – November 12, 2013
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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
From the Author
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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The writing is thorough and descriptive, although sometimes I felt like things were explored in too much detail. The language used is simple. Generally the story moves swiftly, and alternates between the perspectives of different characters so that the reader can get into everyone's head. Usually the writing is informal, because it follows the perspective of kids. Overall I think the book is written well for a middle school aged kid.
There is even a little romance, although it didn't dominate the story. The violence and romance isn't too intense for the intended audience. The morals and themes of the book are of family love and loyalty, independence, and courage. I liked the band of kids that eventually assembled, and that they all proved that they could survive without the aid of adults. The action is at the forefront, as the brothers are attacked almost from the first moment they end up in Sapertys.
One thing that was a little weird was that certain units (time, distance, etc) would be different between the two world's so the kids would be a little confused during communication. On one hand it's a nice touch, but on the other it's kind of strange that only a few words would be drastically different.
Overall I enjoyed Spartanica, and I think younger audiences would appreciate it.
Quick read that any YA would love and enjoy. In Spartanica the reader can expect a story that told in POV style that embarks on a journey with three main characters, Ty, Marcus and Bellana. Each charter is interconnected in a grand well-written tale that helps the pages flow effortlessly off the page.
Personally I enjoyed the fact that there is no bad language in the book and that the dialogue is written from the standpoint of a Young Adult, with some humor and some slang words that would relate well. I do have two children, but they are too little to truly appreciate the quality of the read quite yet. I would say that this story will go well with readers from all ages, as say fans from Harry Potter or the Hobbit which I am a huge fan of. But it is definitely written from AR (Active Readers) Young Adults from say 10 – 15 years of age. The illustrations were also well drawn out and I like that they are at the start of the chapters.
The Overall plot was well thought out and faced paced which is needed in order to set the stage for a great storyline which Spartanica complete has. If I had to critique something it would be that it took me a few chapters to really dive into the story, especially with some of the choice of words / language used.
In short the story was original, fun and adventurous that any reader will enjoy.
4 Stars Review!
Spartanica is a great read, even for adults, and I think it provides an intriguing series to hook readers during middle school. There is a lot of fantasy, including super powers, an arrival to an apocalyptic landscape to navigate, anthropomorphic creatures, a hostile takeover and fantastic technology. Tweens will easily be able to put themselves in the position of Ty or Marcus, and I think that they will clamor for more in the series. Author Powers Molinar provides clear, concise writing that is quite engaging without falling into the trap of dumbing down his audience. I look forward to reading more in the series!
For the characters in Powers Molinar's SPARTANICA that is exactly what you realize, and because the book is written in first person you are able to take the journey literally along with the main characters. When events turn ordinary individuals into the heros of the world you can feel how each and every moment that they face matters. Brothers Ty and Marcus Mitchell go from just being ordinary to extraordinary in the blink of an eye---and they are not the only ones.
Will they be able to work together for the good of the world, or will the pressues they face be their demise? That is part of the journey you will see unfold in the first book of this exciting series.